These vintage glass screen dividers, brilliantly decorated with undersea motifs in chartreuse with green and black accents, offered a beautiful and creative way to visually expand this space without adding a lot of weight.
A kelp forest, seaweed, and anemones were just some of the flora and fauna depicted on the glass. Due to clever lighting, these decorative designs vividly shadowed the walls behind.
These clear dividers were set in line with a window in this dressing room at Mrs George Backer’s house in Oyster Bay, Long Island, seen here in 1934.
Elsewhere in the room, the “green and white plus glass motif” was continued.
The top of the dressing low stool was upholstered in green satin with an art deco scallop shell motif. The bottom two-thirds of the stool was fringed in white cord.
Made largely of glass, the top of this dressing table was a sheet of green-edged glass. Below that, white and glass balls supported it over two pieces of glass below.
The lower parts of the dressing table pedestals were filled with water — at the time, these and other such decorative locations were considered interesting places to keep tropical fish.