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Antique FRENCH Chatelaine Mirror Cafe Beaux ARTS NYC Pendant Necklace Crystal Beads-n-beaux

From our Chateleine Collection….  
A piece with a lot of history, a c. 1900s advertising mirror from Cafe des Beaux Arts in New York City, owned by the famed Bustanoby brothers.
I transformed the piece into a necklace on an etched link chian interspersed with faceted crystal beads with double Filigree bead caps. It has the original beveled mirror! Swarovski crystals for a bit of sparkle were added.
Very convenient for those quick lipstick touch-ups!

A one of a kind treasure…

Necklace measures 31” and mirror is 4" Long by 2" wide.

The Bustanobys -- four brothers from France -- were celebrated in the early 1900s for their New York restaurants, cafés, cabarets, and Long Island hotel/casino, with more well-known guests ranging from Lillian Russell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Diamond Jim Brady, Stanford White, the Roosevelts, Duponts, Vanderbilts and other luminaries, all drawn to the brothers' renowned French cuisine and wine collections.

Their legendary family liqueur, Forbidden Fruit, was wildly popular and used in many of the cocktails of the time.  (A carafe is shown on the mirror...)

The Bubstanobys helped launch the careers of many entertainers of the era including Rudolph Valentino and Sigmund Romberg who both worked at the New York restaurants - Valentino as a busboy and later a dancer, and Romberg as the house's orchestra leader.

Then came Prohibition, which left the brothers broken and penniless; by 1917 two of them were dead and years of legal and other troubles followed the others until 1942 when the last of the Bustanoby clan died.  

Lynn Konrad
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