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VANITY CASE

Made by: Cartier

Currently in storage


About this object

The vanity case is rectangular. It is covered all over with narrow white enamel stripes on gold. On the front is a rectangular plaque with cut off corners bordered with small diamonds. This contains a monogram in diamonds on a blue enamel ground. At the top and bottom of both the front and back is a band of leaves in diamonds with three small cabochon sapphires. At the top is a scalloped loop with blue enamel through which passes a chain of platinum with diamonds and sapphires. At the top is a thumb piece with a sapphire for a lever to pull out the fitted interior. Inside is a gold lid, which contains two round depressions. This lifts up to reveal a mirrored compartment for powder and a lipstick holder. On the top at the side is a small sapphire with a knob to pull out an ivory toothpick.

Object name:
VANITY CASE
Made from:
Gold -- platinum -- enamel -- diamonds -- sapphires -- ivory -- mirror
Made in:
New York, USA
Date made:
ca. 1910
Size:
3.5 × 7.9 cm (1 3/8 × 3 1/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.224
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK Cartier, NY [impress inside] MONOGRAM MC [On outside]
Credit line:
Gift of Eleanor Close Barzin, 1979