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The original drawings for these magnificent combs were rendered by Felix Braquemond and executed by Alexandre Riquet. The combs formed part of a toilet set for the Baron Vitta in 1900. Baron Joseph Vitta, Italian by descent, lived in Paris where he emerged as a major Art Nouveau patron who exhibited his collection frequently at his house on the Champs Elysées. An article on the Baron's collection appeared in the July 1902 edition of Art et Décoration and some of the objects were later included in a Braquemond exhibition at the 1907 Salon des Beaux-Arts. A catalogue entry, no. 200, states: "Peigne en email cloisonn translucide, or et escaille, fond vert". Included in the original set was a hand-mirror in translucent enamel inset with a gold medallion by Rodin that was purchased by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1978.