Ultra Vanities-Bejewelled Makeup Boxes From The Age of Glamour

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Powder compact by Tiffany, circa 1950, in gold and diamonds.

The new summer exhibition at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall : Ultra Vanities, Bejewelled Make-Up Boxes from the Age of Glamour, will feature an extensive private collection of more than 200 glamorous make-up cases from the 1920s through to the 1970s, including designs by some of the world’s most revered jewellery brands, such as Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chaumet.

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An enamelled nécessaire de beauté by Charlton, dating from the 1950s, in gold, diamond and enamel

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An exquisite nécessaire de beauté by Lacloche (French), circa 1920, in black enamel with gold and coral

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Rectangular nécessaire de beauté by Bulgari, circa 1940-1950, in gold, sapphires and diamonds, and engraved with a pattern of rays.

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Compact by Chaumet, circa 1930-1935, in grey gold, enamel, rubies and diamonds

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Rectangular “Nécessaire de beauté” in silver with silver-gilt, set with rubies, 1930, by Van Cleef & Arpels

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Inside Van Cleef & Arpels’ rectangular “Nécessaire de beauté” in silver with silver-gilt, set with rubies, 1930

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Nécessaire de beauté by Cartier, circa 1925, in gold, enamel, jadeite, diamonds and onyx. The lid bears an emerald green jadeite plaque superimposed on a green enamelled panel

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Rectangular “Nécessaire de beauté”, circa 1920-25, in jade, gold, enamel, platinum and diamonds and signed Janesich

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