Value of Erte 1907 paris girl on swing : LUSENET : Art Deco Society of Washington : One Thread

I have this in my possession and would like to know whether it is original and its value and where I should go from here; it is a mirror, metal, Art Nouveau style, girl on swing hanging from chains, whole thing is somewhat crudely made, but engraved on back in triangle in capitals says Erte Paris 1907. Any advice most gratefully received. Can send scan of photograph if you wish.

-- Jenny Ferenczi (, October 24, 2000



I don't have an answer but it would appear that I have exactly the same mirror - any feedback you get would be greatly appreciated

Kindest Regards


-- Catherine Bell (, April 15, 2001.

I almost won the identical mirrors on eBay(there are 2 more up for auction there now). I then did some research and it seems that in 1907 Erte was 15 and living in Russia. He did not come to Paris until 1912. Needless to say I did not purchase the mirror, although, as a work of art itself, it is lovely!

-- Lois (, April 18, 2001.

I have just purchased the erte girl on a swing mirror.Because it is quite crudely carved I thought it was definatly a repro, but I think it is attractive and I hadnt seen one before so I bought it.Has anyone any idea what sort of metal it is made of or where it was produced? Oct 10th 2001

-- Tracey Neal (, October 08, 2001.

dear jenny, for the past 18 years i have served as artist in residence for the art deco society of california and i am something of an expert on the works of erte. ihave traveled all over the world and given lectures on this marvelous man. in 1907 erte was only 15 and still in russia and going to school. erte was also of the school of art deco, not art nouveau which was already quite over by 1907. by that time we are into the arts and crafts movement and weiner werkstat. it seems that someone is trying to take advantage of erte's good name by passing off something that was never his. but the bottom line is, if you like it and it gives you pleasure, keep it. i hope that i have helped alittle. best wishes, stephan

-- stephan (, December 21, 2001.

I am bidding on a shaving mirror on e-Bay that also has the triangle with ERTE Paris 1907 inserted within. It looks like silverplated on brass or bronze that is most obviously styled in the L'art Nouveau fashion, highly stylized and very french. It's a puzzle because it does not look like a reproduction.

-- Mo Falk (, February 21, 2002.

Hello. Those Erte mirrors are repros. Buy only if they sell cheap, cheap, cheap.

-- Steve - ArtSearch International (, March 10, 2002.

I am the Erte wizard from the site These mirrors are not designed, or authorized by Erte or his agents. They are NOT BY Erte or ATTRIBUTED to Erte in any way SORRY Enjoy your art anyway remember be careful when buying art

-- Mark Schachner (, March 23, 2002.

ive goyt an erte 1907 mirror that someone was throwing now that s inexpensive.

-- tom t (, September 25, 2002.

I am an ebay seller and about 2 years ago I bought one of the above mentioned mirrors at an estate auction here in Canada for $200CDN/ $125USD and listed it on ebay for a month and had several inquiries as to it's authenticity but received no bids at $200USD. I decided that even though I was not sure, because there was no interest from the experts on ebay, it might be a reproduction and pulled it off abay and even ended the last auction early. I run a very reputable business on ebay and would not want to misrepresent any item even unknowingly. So like many of you have mentioned, I did like the form and decided to move it to my bathroom where I used it daily until last month when I decided to run it through a local auction sale where it sold for $1600CDN/$1000USD. The winning bidder was a woman that I don't know but the back bidder was a knowledgable dealer in our area. I have wondered since then if it was legit until I discovered these postings. It's water under the bridge but is there any doubt about the authenticity of these mirrors with swinging ladies on chains?



-- Nancy Wiggett (, January 16, 2003.

Hello Jennny, I typed in your email address in a search engine, and your Erte 1907 Paris girl on swing ws there, from no other than you. I realise that this was put ont the internet a while back (!) and your technophobia seems to have gotten worse. (?!) Scanning? Very impressive. VERY surprised to see you on the internet, also....quite the Femme Fatale, eh?!!!!!? Love Georgia X

-- Georgia Ray (remember me?!) (, July 31, 2003.

I have one too and love it. On the internet at "go antique" there is one offered for $5500!!! I sent this mr slotkin an email that he is a fraud, got no anwer.

-- aart de vos (, June 14, 2004.

iwent to an auction in booton nj in1998,i bib on the girl on a swing mirrow and got it for eight dollars. i realy like the peice.three years ago i located it on go antiques they had it for sale for 5500.00 i love the peice and will keep it .

-- peter scarnati (, January 31, 2005.

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