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Vanity Case, Egyptian Sarcophagus, 1925

This is a Vanity Case. It is dated 1925. Its medium is bone, enamel, gold, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, platinum, onyx.

When Cartier produced this Egyptian-style sarcophagus-form vanity case they integrated the bone lid as an ancient artifact, adding appeal for American Florence Blumenthal, who, with her husband George, head of Lazard Frères, New York, often traveled to Paris.

It is credited Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. VC 70 A25.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 3.2 × 4 × 15 cm (1 1/4 × 1 9/16 × 5 7/8 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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