Vanity cases straight out of the Jazz Age. Art Déco. Zelda Fitzgerald must have kept a few in her handbag. Maybe it was one of these. Maybe not.

Vanity case, the exterior with panels of green and blue enamel that simulate lapis lazuli and are bordered in gold with the hinges and cover handles set in diamonds. The double door covers opens to reveal a hinged mirror and removable lipstick holder. Art Déco. American. Gold, enamel and diamonds. Marked “GATTLE CO” over the mirror. E. M. Gattle and Company, maker. Image © Christies and Fair use license. via
Vanity case with a Persian inspired design that opens to reveal a mirror, two compartments and a lipstick holder. Gold, mother-of-pearl, jade, diamonds, enamel and coral inlay. 1927. French. Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, with a maker’s mark for Strauss, Allard & Meyer. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via
Vanity case decorated in the Persian style in black and white enamel in the design of tulips and pomegranates. ca. 1920. French. Gold and enamel. signed “Cartier, Paris, Londres, 4917.” Image 2020 © Inez Stodel. Fair use license. via

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