Enamel and diamond compact and lipstick holder, Cartier, circa 1925, and a gold and enamel vanity case, Jean Fouquet, circa 1930
11,500 - 17,500 CHF
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- Jean Fouquet
- diamond, gold, enamel
The rectangular compact decorated with black enamel and a monogram, border and clasp millegrain-set with rose diamonds, opening to reveal two powder compartments and a mirror, measuring approximately 92 x 45 x 12mm, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay and maker's marks, one diamond deficient; and a matching lipstick holder, unsigned, French assay mark; single fitted case by Cartier for compact and lipstick holder; and a rectangular gold compact engraved 'Maria Elena', opening on one side to reveal two hinged compartments, a mirror and a tortoiseshell comb, the other side opening to a single compartment, the sides decorated with black enamel and concealing a lipstick holder and a match strike, measuring approximately 110 x 64 x 12mm, signed Jean Fouquet, numbered, French assay marks, match striker deficient.
Jean Fouquet joined his father, Georges Fouquet, as a jewellery designer in 1919. At the Paris 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, his name appeared for the first time alongside those of the other designers of the Maison Fouquet and within a year he was exhibiting under his own name at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. As an important member of the Union des Artistes Modernes, he was renowned for his simple use of metal and enamel, chosen to emphasise his characteristically bold yet pure geometric designs.