A Karat Yellow Gold and Sapphire Vanity Case, Van Cleef & Arpels, Circa 1940

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    • Push button decorated by calibré-cut sapphires

    • The case opens to reveal a powder case, lipstick holder and a smaller lidded compartment

    • 18 karat yellow gold

    • With French assay and maker's mark

    • Dimension approximately 8.5 x 4.8 x 1.5cm
      Gross weight approximately 90 grams

    Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered 45728 and 65874

  • Catalogue Essay

    The invention of vanity case was a result of the change in status and lifestyle of women after the First World War. Not only were they allowed to put on make-up in public, smoking was also considered a fashionable pastime. Cases (nécessaires) made of precious metal and gemstones incorporating lipstick holder, mirror, comb, powder compact, and sometimes also cigarette holder became the staple accessory. Similar to modern day evening bags, ladies often owned multiple vanity cases of various designs to match their day and evening attires.

  • Catalogue Essay

    化妝盒(Vanity case)的出現與女性在第一次大戰後地位之提升及交際禮儀上的改變有重要關係。社會不但開始容許女士在公眾場合裡畫口紅和補妝,更可以和男士們一起公開抽菸。因此,她們參加活動時需要的配置變得更多元:口紅、鏡子、梳、粉盒,甚至是香煙盒。鑲有寶石和以貴重金屬製成的化妝盒回應了她們的需求,成為了那個時代的女士必備的飾物。

  • Maker Bio

    Van Cleef & Arpels


    When Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels fell in love, their marriage paved the way for iconic jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels to become a symbol of unification. With their background in precious stone dealing, the Arpels found their perfect match in the Van Cleefs, a family of expert stonecutters. In 1906, Estelle's brother Charles established the company name with Alfred's help and opened shop in the Place Vendôme in Paris. To this day, this Parisian neighborhood is associated with turn-of-the-century luxury.

    The Van Cleef & Arpels aesthetic has always had its finger on the pulse of worldwide trends: For example, the house took inspiration from Tutankhamen upon the Egyptian king's discovery in the 1920s, which spurred a global phenomenon marrying Egyptian Revival and Art Deco motifs. Over the decades, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced intricate watches, earrings and necklaces with a signature elegance that mirrors contemporary tastes. 

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A Karat Yellow Gold and Sapphire Vanity Case, Van Cleef & Arpels, Circa 1940

K黃金配藍寶石化妝盒, 梵克雅寶, 年份約1940

HK$60,000 - 75,000 

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Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019