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.
A rectangular nécessaire de beauté by Bulgari, circa 1940-1950, in gold, sapphires and diamonds, and engraved with a pattern of rays.
An enamelled nécessaire de beauté by Charlton, dating from the 1950s, in gold, diamond and enamel.
An exquisite nécessaire de beauté by Lacloche (French), circa 1920, in black enamel with gold and coral.
A powder compact by Tiffany, circa 1950, in gold and diamonds.
Compact by Chaumet, circa 1930-1935, in grey gold, enamel, rubies and diamonds.
Rectangular “Nécessaire de beauté” in silver with silver-gilt, set with rubies, 1930, by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Inside Van Cleef & Arpels’ rectangular “Nécessaire de beauté” in silver with silver-gilt, set with rubies, 1930.
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.
Rectangular “Nécessaire de beauté”, circa 1920-25, in jade, gold, enamel, platinum and diamonds and signed Janesich.