Enamel, amber and diamond vanity case, Lacloche Frères, 1920s. Estimation 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s
The rectangular case decorated to the front and back with a red and black enamel chinoiserie scene, framing a central amber panel accented with a shòu character set with rose diamonds, framed with rose diamond borders and later seed pearl thumbpiece, containing two powder compartments, lipstick and mirror,measuring approximately 80 x 45 x 15mm, signed Lacloche Frères, numbered, French assay, maker’s and British import marks.
LITTERATURE: Cf: David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, Understanding Jewellery, 1994, page 328 for a similar compact by Lacloche, Paris.
Chinese tradition, happiness (fú 福), prosperity (lù 禄), and longevity (shòu 寿) are the three attributes of a good life. It is not uncommon to find the auspicious shòu symbol on vanity cases by important jewellery houses of the early twentieth century.
Sotheby’s. Fine Jewels. Londres | 16 déc. 2014, 10:00 AM