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The Most Beautiful Barbola Hand Mirror (hw1234)

This is a stunning example of early Barbola work. This large hand mirror, which dates to the early 1930s, is an absolute beauty in so many ways. Barbola hand mirrors are exceedingly rare so to find one as magnificent as this is a real treat. It is made from wood with a long handle, an elliptical shaped 'looking glass' and this side of the mirror is painted gold with an inset bevelled mirror. The reverse side is painted a deep shade of turquoise and edged with gold and black Barbola work in the form of tiny leaf points. The individually hand crafted and painted Barbola work which decorates the reverse side of the mirror is one of the prettiest we have seen! The many different flowers are delicately formed and painted in the sweetest pastel shades of pink, lilac, blue and primrose with the graceful leaves in a deeper shade of green. The flowers are arranged in a most attractive design, giving the appearance of an abundant flowerbed.

This is antique Barbola work at its most prettiest! The mirror is approximately 14" long and 8" wide across the mirror part. The condition is very good. There are some small pieces of the leaf tip edging missing and several flowers have tips or petals missing. The plethora of floral decoration means this does not stand out - and it certainly does not detract from the prettiness either! Due to its age, it has a patina of dust within the floral decoration - we have removed some of this with a fine brush but further careful cleaning will help to remove it further (it is more noticeable when magnified by the camera.)

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Price: £ 165.00
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Euros € 184.80
United States $ $ 209.55
Japanese Yen ¥ 23,671
Australian $ $ 292.05
Canadian $ $ 280.50
Hong Kong $ $ 1,641.75
The Most Beautiful Barbola Hand Mirror
(Product Code: hw1234)
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