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Compact, 1930

This is a Compact. It is dated 1930. Its medium is 14-karat gold, platinum, enamel, baguette-cut diamond (push-piece).

Silent film star Mary Pickford, born Gladys Louise Smith, was a cofounder, with Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith, of United Artists. She married Fairbanks in 1920.

It is credited Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. VC 75 A30.

  • Bandeau, 1924
  • diamonds, platinum, natural pearl.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. HO 28 A24.
  • 86.2016.1

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Compact, Fern, ca. 1929
  • enamel, rose-cut diamonds, mirrored plate glass, gold, platinum.
  • Lent by Private Collection.
  • 13.2016.31
  • Compact, 1925
  • enamel, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, onyx, gold and platinum.
  • Lent by Vartanian & Sons.
  • 88.2016.5

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 6.5 × 4.5 × 1.3 cm (2 9/16 × 1 3/4 × 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

At the center, initials MP

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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