A handsome embellished powder compact from the Art Deco era.
CONDITION: good vintage condition with signs of use
SIZE: 1½ x 2 ins (4 x 5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1930s
MATERIALS: metal, glass
Here is an elegant little Art Deco compact of rectangular form made in solid brass, and contained in a fabric case. The surface both back and front is decorated with an engine turned design of horizontal lines.
Inside the lid are a mirror and a fold out compartment for powder. The hinge is not loose and the closure snaps shut and works well. There is no powder puff or sifter. The case has previously contained product.
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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Art Deco rectangular powder compact engine turned design
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