The origins of Bakelite trace back to 1907 when the Belgian-American chemist Dr. Leo Baekeland invented and patented the first breakthrough plastic. During the Art Deco period that coincided with the Great Depression, Bakelike emerged as an affordable option in novelty jewelry. With its retro look and wide color range, it is also considered an interesting collectible among art lovers. Artist Mario Rivoli was a leading American antiques dealer who built a huge collection of Bakelite jewelry and other novelty items. Bonhams’ upcoming auction will present items from Rivoli’s lifetime collection of Bakelite pieces.
A hinged bangle bracelet is a key highlight of the sale. At the 1984 Art Deco Show in Philadelphia, the multicolored bracelet sold for $250, a record price back then. Another significant lot includes seven sets of salt and pepper shakers in shades of red, yellow, and green. Four of them come with an undertray. A set of three black and cream laminated bangle bracelets is noteworthy for its striking color combination. A set of 16 bird-shaped napkin rings also leads the listings. The bird is a particularly sought-after motif in Bakelite collectibles due to its vintage appeal. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bonhams.
Lot Categories:Jewelry (328)
# of Lots:328
Price Range:$300 - $3,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|A Bakelite Multicolored Philadelphia Hinged Bangle Bracelet|| Estimate: |
|Seven Sets Of Bakelite Salt And Pepper Shakers|| Estimate: |
|Three Bakelite Black And Cream Laminated Bangle Bracelets|| Estimate: |
|Sixteen Bakelite Bird-Form Napkin Rings|| Estimate: |
|Three Pairs Of Bakelite Earrings|| Estimate: |
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