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Compact, 1925

This is a Compact.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Anonymous as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

It is dated 1925. Its medium is enamel, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, onyx, gold and platinum.

The exterior of this compact by Mauboussin, with its powder container inside, is a veritable jeweled landscape. The fountain motif, in a mixture of mother-of-pearl and enamel, reflects a theme visible throughout the 1925 Paris Exposition, where it was exhibited the year it was made.

It is credited Lent by Vartanian & Sons.

  • Compact, ca. 1925
  • enamel, onyx, carved emeralds, sapphires, amethysts, rubies, diamonds, gold.
  • Private Collection.
  • 41.2016.19

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 17.8 × 5.1 × 1.3 cm (7 in. × 2 in. × 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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