Lot 282
  • 282

Asprey, London

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  • The 'Streetcar Named Desire' Jewel Case
  • stamped Asprey, London
  • crocodile skin, gold-velvet, brass and canvas
  • 11 by 31.5 by 24cm., 4¼ by 12¼ by 9½in.
  • Made circa 1949.
the lid gilt-tooled 'V. L. O. / 12th October 1949', with a velvet lined interior and lift-out fitted tray, fitted with brass locks signed 'Bramah / 11 Old Bond Street W.I / Joseph Bramah', including a protective canvas cover


Probably a gift to Vivien Leigh on the 12 October 1949, the opening night of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' at the Aldwych Theatre, London. This was directed by Laurence Olivier, whom was possibly the giver of this present. The performance starred Bonar Colleano, Renee Asherson with Vivien Leigh in the title role of Blanche DuBois.

Catalogue Note

The presentation of this jewel case on the opening night of the theatrical production of Tennessee William's play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' could well be a subtle reference to Blanche DuBois, the central character. In the play Blanche arrives at her sister, Stella's, in New Orleans, with a large quantity of luggage. These suitcases and trunks are important props as they represent the trappings of a former more youthful life, a happier period with Blanche as a glamorous Southern belle.