A handsome mid century embellished powder compact from the Art Deco era. designed by Rene Lalique
CONDITION: good vintage condition with some signs of use
SIZE: 2 ins x 1 ins (5 x 2.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1930s
MATERIALS: metal, glass, enamel
This is a collectable Coty compact, famously designed for the company by Rene Lalique. This is a pretty circular compact whose base material is brass with a lid embellished in colourful enamel. Its lid is decorated with white and gold powder puff motifs, edged in orange and gold. The underside has an engine turned wave design, with "Coty Paris" engraved in a centre cartouche.
This compact has a red, push-in catch, and a white plastic powder well. This is covered by an inner lid that simply lifts up. The case has previously contained product.
The collage photograph shows illustrations taken from contemporary ads for compacts, makeup and beauty products. Mid century advertisements were clearly designed evoke an aura of glamour and romance.
The French company Coty began in Paris in 1904 specialising in luxury cosmetics and perfumes. Hugely influential artists, designers and artisans were used to create the luxurious nature of this brand. Rene Lalique and others designed compacts and perfume bottles for the brand. However the company aimed to also make their products more affordable and to reach a wider audience than the traditional elite.
Many compacts were given a luxurious appearance by the inclusion of exotic materials (whether genuine or faux) such as mother or pearl, shell, jade and coral. The lids and cases are often encrusted with fancy decals set with rhinestones and faux pearls or decorated with elaborate enamel designs as here.
Art Deco Coty miniature powder compact enamel vanity (AAJ)
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