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  • Literature

    Alastair Duncan, A.A. Rateau, exh. cat., DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 1990, pp. 24, 32, 58, 61; Franck Olivier-Vial and François Rateau, Armand Albert Rateau: Un Baroque Chez les Modernes, Paris, 1992, p. 62

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present bronze and ivory hand mirror by Armand Albert Rateau is one of a very few extant examples of this model. One, sold at Christie’s Paris in May 2005, belonged to Florence Blumenthal, the wife of banker George Blumenthal, an early supporter of Rateau. That example bears Mrs. Blumenthal’s initials as well as the insignia of the French Legion of Honor, awarded to her in 1922. Another mirror is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Accession Number 25.170). Gifted by the artist, it accompanies a dressing table purchased directly from Rateau by Joseph Breck, the museum’s curator of decorative arts, during his visit to the Pavilion de l’Élégance at the 1925 Exposition International in Paris.

PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR

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Rare hand mirror

ca. 1925
Bronze, mirrored glass, ivory, brass.
12 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 3/4 in. (31.8 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm.)
Impressed with “AA RATEAU/INV_/PARIS.”

Estimate
$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,750

Design

25 May 2011
New York