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"Gem Bamboo Triplicate" Folding Mirror

Decorative Arts

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Wood (probably maple), glass, metal, printed paper
DATES Patented April 19, 1887
DIMENSIONS Height: 13 in. (33 cm) Width (closed): 11 in. (27.9 cm) Width (open): 26 in. (66 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS At top edge of rear is affixed metal label: "P:WIEDERER & BRO. / GEM BAMBOO TRIPLICATE / PATENTED APRIL 19,1887."
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
ACCESSION NUMBER 85.12.2
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Wiederer and Brother. "Gem Bamboo Triplicate" Folding Mirror, Patented April 19, 1887. Wood (probably maple), glass, metal, printed paper, Height: 13 in. (33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 85.12.2. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.85.12.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Three-panel folding mirror; wood (probably maple), glass, metal, printed paper. Mirror: wood frame turned to resemble bamboo (faux bamboo); vertical and horizontal members cross at four corners, glass, printed paper. Rectangular frame which encloses a panel (mounted in white metal) with a Japanese-inspired printed subject: a bamboo stalk crosses the panel from center bottom to upper right on the stalk is a bird wearing a shirt, trousers, and hat clutching a swallow by the tail; this is surrounded by various foliage, a butterfly, two other swallows, two flies and a beetle; gold, green, blue, yellow, and peach colors. At left edge of panel is a shaped clasp; at right edge, hinges; on lower edge of panel is a hinged metal foot to prop up panel. Panel edges open to reveal mirror on reverse. Inside frame is another panel (mounted in white metal) printed with a bamboo stalk going from lower center to upper left, snail and grasshopper at top, in front of a landscape with pool of water in which stand two herons; gold, green, blue, yellow, and peach colors. At right edge of panel is blue ribbon to lift panel; at left edge panel is hinged; at bottom edge is a hinged foot. Panel hinges open to reveal mirror on reverse and beveled mirror in central panel. Rear of mirror backed with black leatherette, framed with quarter-round wood. At top edge are two eye hooks and a chain for hanging. Made by the firm under the name "Gem Bamboo Triplicate." CONDITION: Bamboo turnings chipped and worn on edges. Front panel: Some scratches, wear, discoloration; flaking along left edge, especially near clasp. Inner panel: small area of flaking, left edge, near rocks, ribbon frayed. Central mirror may be a replacement.
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