Here we have the pleasure of offering an early Art Nouveau repousse sterling silver vanity dresser set made by Dominick & Haff for the esteemed jeweler Howard & Co., 1890, New York. These pieces are a prime example of top tier silversmithing. The dimensional repousse pattern relates a blooming hibiscus descending from a billowing bow-tied ribbon in a gorgeous symmetrical formation which is very pleasant, indeed!
The large dresser jar is 3″ in height, 3.5″ in diameter, weighs 157 grams and is marked on the underside, “STERLING PAT.APR. HOWARD & CO. 1890 NEW YORK 86” The long, ovular dresser jar is 6.5” in length, 1.85” in width, 1″ in height, weighs 128 grams and is marked, “STERLING 22 6&1/2 HOWARD & CO. 1890 NEW YORK PAT’D 89” Two small circular dresser jars are 5/8” in height, 1.75” in diameter, weigh 27 grams each and are identically marked on the underside, “STERLING 2 HOWARD & CO.,” followed by the “rectangle-circle-rhombus” logo. Beveled glass hand mirror is 7” long, 5.5” wide and weighs 314 grams (weighted). Marked on the glass-facing side beneath the handle, “STERLING,” followed by the “rectangle-circle-rhombus” logo, and “54.” And, on the pattern side beneath the handle, “PA ‘D.89” Twin hair brushes are 9” long, 3” in wide, has 1” bristles and weighs 199 grams (weighted). Lint brush is 7” long, 2″ wide, has 1” bristles, and weighs 172 grams (weighted). All 3 brushes are marked in various places, “STERLING PAT. APR.”
Each piece also has an elegant “FAG” and “BB” monogram, which adds a bit of mystery as to the wealthy woman who owned this set a century ago…. This set is in fabulous antique condition and mostly immaculate overall! Typical short stress cracks at the junctures of the otherwise stable hairbrush handles, a cluster of small dimples at the end of just one hairbrush handle, and a few light scratches in the thick glass surface of the mirror (that might be professionally polished away) are the only aberrations to speak of! For someone aspiring to add a touch of top-shelf elegance to their boudoir – or, ambiance for their guest room – this vanity set will make a superb gift!
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