3041
3041

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THE LATE ANITA MUI YIM FONG

JADEITE, GEM-SET, DIAMOND AND ENAMEL VANITY CASE, CIRCA 1925, Cartier, Paris
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3041

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THE LATE ANITA MUI YIM FONG

JADEITE, GEM-SET, DIAMOND AND ENAMEL VANITY CASE, CIRCA 1925, Cartier, Paris
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JADEITE, GEM-SET, DIAMOND AND ENAMEL VANITY CASE, CIRCA 1925, Cartier, Paris
Of cylindrical form, set with a pink coloured hardstone decorated on the front with a jadeite carving, opening to reveal two compartments, one for a powder puff and brush, and a separate compartment housing a dance card, decorated by onyx plaques and rose-cut diamonds, to a chain decorated with black enamel and an onyx hoop, mounted in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold, case measuring approximately 84.00 x 47.15 x 27.35mm, signed Cartier New York, Paris, Londres and numbered 1493, with French assay marks.
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Catalogue Note

Prior to World War I, women used the utmost discretion in their application of cosmetics. But a spirit of emancipation in the 1920s established the convention that it was acceptable for woman of good society to touch up her makeup in public. The ingenious little box designed by jewels with compartments to hold powder, lipstick rouge and puffs won the approval of elegant women in America and Europe.
Chinese motifs began to influence style in 'haute couture' in around 1923, the year of the Paris Opera Chinese Ball. Fashionable women, drawn to the exoticism of Asia, were enticed by objects bearing decorative motifs of China or Japan. Jewellery often combined the two predominant tendencies of the Art Deco period: figurative scenes and geometric lines. The characteristics of the Twenties are reflected in lot 3041 which displays the enthusiasm for colour, use of carved hardstones as well as bright enamels. The in-depth character study for Anita's enchanting role in the famous movie 胭脂扣, stimulated her interest in vintage items, which spurred Anita to acquire this exquisite vanity case, purchased from Lane Crawford in the late 1980s.

Anita Mui - Jewels & Watches from the Estate

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