Quite delightful oil on canvas portrait of a young girl, perhaps no older than seven or eight years of age, painted by the French artist Édouard Alexandre Sain (1830-1910). Dressed in her Sunday best clothes…
Heart-shaped silver locket by Meyle & Mayer made in Pforzheim, Germany circa 1900. Beautifully enamelled on the face with two snowdrops set against a background that is guilloche enamelled in shades of blue graduating through…
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French Art Nouveau Celluloid Minaudière
A real little gem – an item of beauty equipment that the fashionable French lady of around 1910 just wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without.
Basically it’s a powder compact fitted inside with a couple of rings so as to also secure a lipstick.
Known as a minaudière, this one still has its original silk cord and long tassel.
The main body is made of celluloid and is beautifully decorated on each face with a design of iris flowers and leaves, the iris being a favourite flower of the Art Nouveau era.
Press the button on the top and the front panel opens, still revealing traces of powder inside that we’ve not attempted to remove. The original little powder puff is still in place, as is the mirror.
A rare, delightful and very collectable item that is in excellent condition.