Gold Evening Makeup Clutch

France | 20th century | Gold, platinum



This gold evening clutch is a wonderful example of a Belle Époque work. The clutch opening is set with three rows of a total of 139 fine diamonds and has five interior compartments containing a mirror, lipstick, and comb. The clean silhouette of the box is particularly striking, as is the elegantly detailed three-dimensional texture of the clutch's surface. The creator of this clutch, with their superb skills in gold crafts, used gold as a canvas for unbridled inspiration. Using nearly 20,000 precise and decisive strokes to engrave the continuous pattern of the clutch's main body, one could only imagine the time and energy needed to devote to the creation of such superlative details.


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