A rare vintage Stratton powder compact.
Romantic and equestrian themed Stratton powder compacts are highly prized. This thrilling book piece is extremely scarce. The lid is silk and the lid decoration is rendered to look like an oil painting on canvas. The images do not do this accessory justice. This wonderful vanity is shown in 'The Stratton Identification Key'. The Stratton ' Scone without Inner Lid ' has varied lid decorations and only one known year of availability, which is 1948.
This model is one of the most exciting Stratton vanities, as they are exquisitely decorated and very hard to find. The scene depicts a courting couple in attire that was typical for the Georgian era. The lady's pink bonnet & richly decorated purple dress are sumptuous and minutely detailed. On her hands she is wearing pristine white gloves. Her right hand is resting mid way down the horse's mane. She is offering her left hand to the horse. The gentle disposition of the horse is captured perfectly and the whole scene is charming. The gentleman is dressed in pale yellow breeches and a beautifully tailored crimson jacket. The wall of the stable is the same colour as the breeches. The stable door and window frames are green. Behind the lady is a lantern and purple flowers that resemble lilac. Behind and above the gentleman ivy clings to the wall. The foliage on both sides of the lid frame the composition perfectly.
The compact is in remarkably good condition and we are delighted to have it in our collection. The engraved brass border is typical for this model. The interior is also exactly what one would expect to see - a shallow gilded powder well. The pouch is also what we would expect for this model - very fine felt and circular. The puffs for this model can vary tremendously. The sifter and puff are present and they are in good condition. The sifter has a pink velour edge. The puff has scalloped edges and floral motifs. The mirror gives a good and accurate reflection. The mirror bezel is signed 'STRATTON MADE IN ENGLAND'. All clasps and hinges work perfectly. The base has an engine turned design of a fine spiral. Measures 3" and weighs 64 grams.
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