Posted 10 years ago
This is not a juwel but you could see it as a juwel. This is a so-called Minaudiere or little evening bag. It's a small decorative case for carrying small articles most of the time carring cosmetics (as possible in this one ). There is place for a lipstick, loose powder and rouge and a mirror for using the make up. It could be also used for jewelry, as a small clutch purse, often encrusted with precious or costume gemstones; invented and named by jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels in 1930 (probably from the French verb minauder, which means to smirk or simper), the original was metallic, and contained various small compartments for money, lipstick, keys, etc. - in accord with the streamlined Art Deco style prevailing in women's evening wear; now a generic term, referring to any small bag, though most properly one that is hard, hinged and opens with a clasp and often in figural shapes .
Is there someone who can tell me what's the origin and date of this little one? Please tell me!