Cartier Chinoiserie Hand Mirror, ca. 1930
My mother purchased it from an estate sale in Harbor Acres, and she paid about $20 to $30 for it, and she gave it to me.
And how long ago did she buy this?
Like, I was a little kid-- probably 20 years ago.
Okay, this is a beautiful brocade silk case. Inside, we find this beautiful Art Deco, laque burgauté chinoiserie hand mirror by Cartier, probably circa 1930. The technique that they used was that they would inlay mother-of-pearl into this black lacquer, and the influence is Asian, and you can see this riverside scene that they've done so beautifully within this gold scallop frame. The condition on this is exceptional for being as old as it is, and you don't see a lot of this. They're very sought-after, and at auction, I think you'd be looking at an estimate of $8,000 to $10,000.
So, fun to see.
Yeah. Yeah, that's awesome.
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