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1930s Art Deco Cadillac V8,12,16 mirror

We were really excited when we saw this mirror! It was made in the early 1930s and we think would have been made to be hung in one of the Cadillac showrooms as a promotional item. The mirror has been back etched and enamel painted with the image of an open topped green Cadillac that has been superimposed on a rectangular "panel" that is back etched & enamel painted with a fashion line sketch of a woman. There is text below the Cadillac and the words "Cadillac V8,12,16" along the bottom of the mirror below the panel. The edges of the mirror have gold scrolled decoration. It is in a graduated wooden frame that has been given a couple of coats of white paint over the years. There is age to the frame but we cannot guarantee that it is the original one.
The fashion sketch is by Leon Benigni. Leon Benigni designed a number of illustrations for Cadillac in 1931 that appeared in numerous magazines in the USA. We have an original Cadillac magazine advertisement from that time that has this same fashion sketch but coloured and with metallic ink that is signed "L Benigni.
A great decorative item.

Approximate dimensions:
Length: 34.02ins - 86.4cms
Width: 25.98ins - 66cms

Leon Benigni
A fashion illustrator & graphic designer who created glamorous evocative Art Deco designs.
He worked with fashion designers such as Jeanne Lanvin, Marcel Rochas, Elsa Schiaparelli, Lucien Lelong, Jacques Fath, Jean Patou, Nina Ricci & Cristobal Balenciaga.
He also worked with Harper’s Bazaar, Modes & Travaux & Femina and designed travel posters advertising French resorts & spas
In 1931 he designed a number of illustrations for Cadillac's promotional campaign that appeared in magazines in the USA

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