Mother of Pearl Minaudiere, Vintage 1950s Evening Bag


Striking mother of pearl minaudiere, a small decorative case for carrying small articles (such as cosmetics or jewelry.
Approx. Size (cm): 5.5″ x 3″ (14 x 7.5); 4″ hang (10)
Condition:  Mother of pearl is in excellent shape.  Brass has heavy wear, please see photos.
Era: 1950s.
Mark/Label: None.
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A sophisticated mother-of-pearl minaudiere to make your evening extra special.

Vintage Minaudiere Details

  • Small evening bag designed as a compact.
  • Brass purse with tiles of sparkling mother of pearl on the front.  
  • Each side opens and snaps closed.
  • One side has a money clip the other side contains the original mirror plus s space for lipstick, and powder.  
  • According to press articles, the minaudière was invented by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1934. Charles Arpels was inspired by watching Florence Gould, the third wife of philanthropist Frank Jay Gould, toss several small, loose makeup items into a tin box  The word minaudière was a French term for a coquettish woman, from the word “minauder” (to flirt or simper).

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