Exceptionally rare ART DECO LE ROY ET FILS sterling silver ruby & gold powder compact. The maker of this fabulous Art Deco powder compact needs no introduction. However, they have such a wonderful history it is good to share it.
The Maison de Le Roy was founded in 1785 at Palais Royal and continued until the death of Charles-Louis Le Roy at Versailles in 1865. Le Roy et Fils premises can later be found at 13-15 Galerie Montpensier, Palais Royal, Paris when the Duc d'Orleans opened the Palais Royal gardens. In 1885 the London retail outlet of Le Roy et Fils was at 57 Bond Street having moved the short distance from Regent Street. The firms accolades include Master clockmaker to Napoleon, Princess Pauline & the Duc de Bourbon. Examples of their work is found in all the major collections as well as the Ministere de la Guerre, Paris. The only foreign clockmaker to hold a British Royal Warrant under Queen Victoria.
Bronze, Silver & Gold Medal winners at Paris.
Paris 1867– Medaille de Bronze
Paris 1878 – Medaille d’Argent
Paris 1889– Medaille d’Or
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To find this exceptionally rare compact in the original signed case is a source of great joy for us. The compact is made from sterling silver, set with high quality rubies in the most striking geometric Art Deco design & the mounts for the rubies are solid gold. The influence for this ultra vanity is Cubism & this piece simply could not be more Art Deco! It is no exaggeration to say that this piece is an objet d'art. The geometric composition is not one we have seen on a vanity before. The sleek silver case perfectly well preserved & the 'cold' grey of the silver set off wonderfully by the 'warm' solid gold mounts which hold the glorious rubies. All clasps & hinges work perfectly - as you would expect this vanity has a spring loaded catch & just glides open. Work of the highest standard - the base & sides have this striking geometric design perfectly matched - so too the thumb catch. The original sifter is in place. The bevelled mirror is very good & gives a clear reflection -it has a few subtle age spots.
Also we have to say that we have never seen a protective case bound with leather of this quality. This vanity is certainly in the league of Cartier & Boucheron. The master silversmith who made this for Le Roy et Fils is Lucien Patouillard.
This piece measures 8 cm X 5.7 cm & weighs 95.6 grams without the sifter in place.
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