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Vanity case

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1926 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lacloche Frères (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, with black-stained jadeite and black-backed chalcedony; the lid set with rose- and brilliant-cut diamonds, lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, rhodonite, mother-of-pearl and pearl

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss J.H.G. Gollan

  • Museum number:

    M.24-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jewelled vanity cases were popular accessories during the 1920s, an indication of the wider acceptability of women wearing make-up in the years after the First World War (and of their even applying it in public). This case contains two compartments for powder and rouge, a central detachable lip-stick holder, and a mirror inside the lid.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1926 (made)

Artist/maker

Lacloche Frères (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, with black-stained jadeite and black-backed chalcedony; the lid set with rose- and brilliant-cut diamonds, lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, rhodonite, mother-of-pearl and pearl

Marks and inscriptions

LACLOCHE FRERES. PARIS
engraved inside lid

Lozenge mark: 'SAM' with palette for Strauss, Allard et Meyer

London import marks for 18 carat gold, 1926-7, sponsor's mark 'GF' in a rectangle with cut corners for Georges Fischer
Fischer's mark was identified in the records at Goldsmiths' Hall, London, by Eleni Bide, Librarian of the Goldsmiths' Company. The mark was registered on 5 May 1920 (Book 20, folio 214). He is described as a 'Gold and Silver Worker', and his work address was initially given as 204, The Grove, Hammersmith; in 1924, as 35 Beak Street, W1; and in 1928, as 122 Great Tichfield Street, W1.

Eagle's head in hexagon with numeral 3: the mark struck 3 times
3rd standard gold mark, France, from 1919

Boar's head
French restricted warranty silver mark

Dimensions

Length: 83 mm, Width: 48 mm, Depth: 18 mm

Descriptive line

Gold, with black-stained jadeite and black-backed chalcedony; the lid set with rose- and brilliant-cut diamonds, lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, rhodonite, mother-of-pearl and pearl, Lacloche Frères, Paris, about 1926

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Benton, Tim, Manuel Fontán del Junco and María Zozaya, eds. Modern Taste. Art Deco in Paris 1910 - 1935. Catalogue of the exhibition in Madrid: Fundación Juan March, March 26 - June 28 2015. Madrid: Fundación Juan March, 2015. ISBN 9788470756290

Labels and date

Vanity case
France, Paris, about 1926;
made for Lacloche Frères by Strauss, Allard & Meyer
Gold, with black-stained jadeite and black-backed
chalcedony; the lid set with rose- and brilliantcut
diamonds, lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite,
rhodonite, mother-of-pearl and pearl
London import marks for 1926–7
Museum no. M.24-1976
Bequeathed by Miss J.H.G. Gollan [2019]

Materials

Gold; Jadeite; Chalcedony; Diamond; Lapis lazuli; Turquoise; Malachite; Rhodonite; Mother of pearl; Pearl

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns

Categories

Images Online; Jewellery; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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