French Art Deco Compact, ca. 1920
I found this box in a storage unit of a gentleman who had quite a few collectibles. And I just wanted to know a little bit more about it.
It's an Art Deco compact from the 1920s or so. It's beautifully inlaid in the front with this Chinese motif. The black is lacquer, and then it's inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The urns probably are gold. If you open it up, it's French sterling silver, but it has a gold wash over it. It has the three compartments. It does have a little bit of damage. This lipstick had a cover with a hinge. But despite the damage, it's still a wonderful thing. And how much did you pay for it?
I paid $105 for the whole locker.
For the whole...
For the whole storage unit, okay. If this were to come up at auction today, we would estimate it probably in the $800 to $1,200 range.
Oh, great! That's good news.
Thank you, I appreciate that.
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