Enamel compact and lipstick holder, 1920s
The octagonal compact and tubular lipstick holder decorated with polychrome enamel depicting a bowl of pomegranates upon a checkered background, the thumbpiece set with a sapphire cabochon, French assay marks.
Interior stamped with French assay marks for 18 carat gold. Scuffs visible to the reverse of the compact. Some unevenness to black enamel basket. The compact measures approximately 70mm x 44mm x 10mm and the lipstick holder measures approximately 52mm x 11mm. Length of entire piece is approximately 120mm. Total gross weight approximately 114g.
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Lady Sarah Aspinall (née Curzon), born in 1945, was the daughter of Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe (1884-1964), five times British motor racing champion and winner of Le Man and Mille Miglia. The world of motor sport was a consistent theme in her life when in 1966 she went onto marry the racing driver Piers Courage (1942-1970) with whom she had two children. Their wedding was a society highlight and is well remembered for the iconic image of Lady Aspinall with her veil being dramatically blown behind her in the wind. Sadly, Courage’s life prematurely came to an end in a devastating crash at the 1970 Dutch F1 Grand Prix, caused by an engine malfunction. Life continued with her second husband John Aspinall (1926-2000), zoo owner and gambling host, whom she met through parties hosted at Aspinall’s house, Howletts. Her marriage saw her care not only for her children but for the exotic animals populating Howletts and Port Lympne, his two zoos. Aspinall passed away in 2000 from cancer. The Aspinall Foundation continues his work in the promotion of wildlife conservation.