A handsome small powder compact from the Art Deco era.

CONDITION: good vintage condition with signs of use

SIZE: 1½ ins (4 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1930s

MATERIALS: metal, glass

DESCRIPTION:

Here is a lovely little compact from the Art Deco period made in solid brass. The lid bears a figural representation of a kneeling female figure in an iconic pose. The back bears the legend Bourjois, Paris and New York

Inside the lid are a mirror and a compartment for powder. The hinge is not loose and the closure snaps shut and works well. There is a powder puff but no sifter. The case has previously contained product.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The collage photograph shows illustrations taken from contemporary ads for compacts, makeup and beauty products. In the early part of the 20th century cosmetics were applied discreetly. By the 1920s attitudes were beginning to change. Most cosmetic containers were made in France and the USA. Compacts were mostly of a smaller size, about 2 ins (5 cm) to fit into the small purses then fashionable. The major form of adornment was with stylized or geometric motifs, often with an oriental or exotic twist. Art Deco is an eclectic style and the range of influences found includes many sources and cultures.


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ITEM ID
DUP22-9-88
COLOR
Gold
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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Miniature Art Deco powder compact figural lady design

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