Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

Powder and lipstick

Powder and lipstick

Powder case of the XIX century, Russia, Hermitage

Up to 20-ies of XX century to use cosmetics – Powder and lipstick was considered bad taste, worthy only ladies of the demimonde. In the 20s the situation changed radically. Cosmetics has become a fashionable attribute. The first compact powder was imported into Europe from the United States. The novelty was quickly appreciated and the production began in France, where the powder often wore the name of major perfume houses such as Coty Houbigant. In the 30-40s of the XX century, designer Line Vautrin used bronze, creating packaging for powder which looked like jewelry. Powder boxes took an infinite variety of forms, bearing the reflection of the talent of the master. Sometimes the body depicted puzzles or poetic quotations, not devoid of humor.

Metal powder case, Art Nuvo, Russia 1920s

Metal powder case, Art Nuvo, Russia 1920s

Powder and lipstick

Powder case of the XIX century, Russia, Hermitage

An essential subject on the table for the secular ladies of the XVIII-XIX centuries was a powder box. The best was considered rice powder. Powders were expensive and there were all sorts of colors and shades – from white to pink, golden spotted, fawn. Fashionable considered scented powder – orange, violet, rose, jasmine. Abundantly powdered not only the face, but hair, shoulders, arms, back.

Powder and lipstick

Art Deco Compact Powder by company Tiffany, 1920-30s, silver, diamonds, lapis lazuli

Art Deco Compact Powder by company Tiffany, 1920-30s, silver, diamonds, lapis lazuli. Deco dominated in the design of everyday objects. This style loved geometric motifs, exotic materials, and new industrial – chromium, nickel.

Compact powders of 1930-40-ies

Compact powders of 1930-40-ies

After World War I the cosmetic industry is developing rapidly. Pale powdered face, bright red lips and eyes, accentuated by thick black pencil strokes were at the height of fashion.
Cases for cosmetics including compartments for powder and lipstick, a mirror and a comb of tortoise shell or ivory, were always present in the purse of fashionista.

Compact powders of 1930-40s

Compact powders of 1930-40s

Early powder and lipstick cases consisted of a small round or rectangular compacts, suspended from the ring on a chain of gourmet and lipstick cases of the same design. Later they were produced in the form of rectangular boxes, for which Van Cleef and Arpels patented the name “minoder” (“cosmetic”).

Compacts with the emblems of the royal air force 1970-1980, and the Navy 1939, England

Compacts with the emblems of the royal air force 1970-1980, and the Navy 1939, England

Powder and lipstick cases were made of gold, silver, white metal alloys or non-ferrous metals with gold and decorated fluted patterns in geometric style: concentric rectangles, strips, zigzags, hexagons, and the latch stressed gems. Large rectangular surface covers were used for the application of fancy jewellery. They were covered with bright colored enamel and lacquer, decorated with semi-precious and geometric motifs in oriental style: Persian designs, Chinese pagodas, clouds – symbols of long life, the Japanese bonsai trees, abstractions, and Chinese landscape with polychrome enamel and inlaid with mother of pearl and semi-precious stones. On the covers of cosmetic bags often appeared the original Chinese plate of the XVIII century: lacquer, mother of pearl or ornamental stone.

Guitar - Compact powder of leather, US, 1960s

Guitar – Compact powder of leather, US, 1960s

Jeweled powder box

Jeweled powder box

Powder and lipstick

Multi-color Les Meteorites Powder company Guerlain, 1999

Powder 'Flying Saucer' 1951

Powder ‘Flying Saucer’ 1951

Powder and lipstick

Powder ‘Liberation of Paris’. 1944. During the war, on the boxes were frequent images of patriotic character

Powder and lipstick

The Sonato Piano, 1954

Yves Saint Laurent. Compact Powder Heart. 1990-1991

Yves Saint Laurent. Compact Powder Heart. 1990-1991

Compact powder and lipstick

Compact powder and lipstick

Pig. Plastic lipstick case. France

Pig. Plastic lipstick case. France

Lipstick – conquest of the XX century. Appearing one day, it had never left the stage. Jewelers converted lipstick cases into original works of art made of precious metals and stones, and the mass production offered plastic lipstick holders, creating incredible variety of forms: buildings, birds, and bottles.

Combined holder for lipstick with a built-in perfume bottle. Silkscreen on metal. Around 1940 Lipstick by the company Revlon (left), Lipstick by the company Revlon, United States, 1961. Celluloid and corduroy (right)

Combined holder for lipstick with a built-in perfume bottle. Silkscreen on metal. Around 1940. Lipstick by the company Revlon (left), Lipstick by the company Revlon, United States, 1961. Celluloid and corduroy (right)

Lipstick by the company Guerlain, France

Lipstick by the company Guerlain, France

Lipstick by the company Guerlain, France. Even in 1828 the doctor and chemist Pierre Francois Pascal Guerlain opened a shop in Paris for the sale of powder and perfume of his own production. It was the beginning of the world famous company.

Lipstick firm Cartier. France 1920

Lipstick firm Cartier. France 1920

Lipstick in a form of Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy. Velvet case. International Style

Lipstick in a form of Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy. Velvet case. International Style

Lipstick in a metal case. The company Coty. 1920

Lipstick in a metal case. The company Coty. 1920

Powder box in gold with precious stones. Van Cleef and Arpels. 1945. New York. Application in the form of figurine of ballerina, rose cut diamonds and sapphires

Powder box in gold with precious stones. Van Cleef and Arpels. 1945. New York. Application in the form of figurine of ballerina, rose cut diamonds and sapphires

Powder compact. Boucheron. 1940-1945. Paris. Powder boxes of this popular design were often made of white alloy

Powder compact. Boucheron. 1940-1945. Paris. Powder boxes of this popular design were often made of white alloy

Unusual powder box in gold with enamel and diamonds work by Enrico Serafini

Unusual powder box in gold with enamel and diamonds work by Enrico Serafini

Powder box in gold enamel. House of Cartier, to. 1925

Powder box in gold enamel. House of Cartier, to. 1925

Powder compact gold and platinum with diamonds and black enamel. House of Cartier. 1930

Powder compact gold and platinum with diamonds and black enamel. House of Cartier. 1930

Powder compact with lapis lazuli, jade, coral and diamonds in the eastern style. House of Cartier, c. 1925

Powder compact with lapis lazuli, jade, coral and diamonds in the eastern style. House of Cartier, c. 1925

Powder box in gold with enamel and diamonds. 1925. Note the Chinese stamp in the center

Powder box in gold with enamel and diamonds. 1925. Note the Chinese stamp in the center

Powder box in gold with enamel and diamonds. LaCloche Freres. 1925. Paris. Noticeable effect of early Thai art

Powder box in gold with enamel and diamonds. LaCloche Freres. 1925. Paris. Noticeable effect of early Thai art

The powder and lipstick case of gold with enamel and diamonds. 1925-1930, Paris

The powder and lipstick case of gold with enamel and diamonds. 1925-1930, Paris

Powder and lipstick (Sources):
Encyclopedia Avanta+, 2005. The History of things (scanned images)
Jewellery Art (Russian) Illustrated guide to jewelry. Publisher ART SPRING, published in Russian, 2005