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1930

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2017

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Compact, 1930

This is a Compact. It was produced by Cartier.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Cartier as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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

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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