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Hand Mirror (USA)

This is a Hand mirror. It was designed by Tommi Parzinger and made by Peter Albert Reimes. It is dated 1938 and we acquired it in 1998. Its medium is engraved rolled silver, mirror glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This mirror, part of a unique and charming silver toilet set, is a fine example of Tommi Parzinger’s specially commissioned work—an important component of his design activity throughout his career. The Greek decorative motifs provide a fascinating example of the survival of ancient classical design in the 20th century. Although the museum has a large group of drawings by Parzinger, as well as his archives, this toilet set will be the first three dimensional Parzinger material in our collections.

It is credited Museum purchase from Walter R. Scholz Memorial Fund.

  • Box And Lid (USA)
  • silver.
  • Museum purchase from Walter R. Scholz Memorial Fund.
  • 1998-21-3-a,b

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Drawing, Study of Standing Figure
  • red chalk and black chalk on cream laid paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-6548
  • Hand Mirror
  • cast brass, cut mirrored plate.
  • Gift of Unknown Donor.
  • n-a-612

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 27.9 x 15.5 x 0.8cm (11 x 6 1/8 x 5/16in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped on edge: "RP / STERLING / Panzinger [in script]"

Cite this object as

Hand Mirror (USA); Designed by Tommi Parzinger (American, b. Germany, 1903–1981); engraved rolled silver, mirror glass; H x W x D: 27.9 x 15.5 x 0.8cm (11 x 6 1/8 x 5/16in.); Museum purchase from Walter R. Scholz Memorial Fund; 1998-21-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions The Virtue in Vice and Thom Browne Selects.

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