Vanity Case

gold and platinum, opaque champlevé and basse-taille enamel, mirrored glass, emeralds and diamonds

1.1 x 8.5 x 5.6 cm

Islamic decorative motifs, possibly derived from manuscript illumination or metalwork, have been freely interpreted to produce a design at some remove from the original source of inspiration. An identical case, made by Gustave Renault for Cartier Paris stock in 1930, was formerly in the Cartier collection.

Haydn Williams, Enamels of the World: 1700-2000 The Khalili Collections, London 2009, cat. 306, p. 420