Pair of Art Deco Vanity Boxes “Duska & Guerlain” for your consideration. Paris, France; First half 20th Century. The descriptions of each are as follows:
1.) Guerlain, measures approx. 3 3/8 inches X 5 3/8 inches and approx. 2 1/8 inches tall. Unique lithograph imagery of man feeding birds on cover of lid. The sides of the box show different scenes of a man catching bird in a net, shooting a large bird with bow and arrow, man with axe fighting a serpent, man keeping his distance from a jackass kicking, fish in a net and a bird perched on the back of a ram sheep. Hinged lid. Box is empty; would have originally housed a glass perfume bottle by Baccarat.
2.) Duska, measures approx. 3 1/8 inches X 4 3/8 inches and approx. 1 3/8 inches tall. Oval. Lithograph decorated cardboard box with fountain and floral bouquet against red ground. Impressed mark reads, “Patented April-22-24”. Box is empty. Fountain designed by well-known artist Frank Graham Holmes, the chief designer of Lenox (1905 to 1954). The United Drug Company hired Holmes to design Duska for their chain of Rexall Drug Stores. The fountain resembles Rene Lalique’s fountain he constructed for the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925.
Boxes are in good vintage condition. They show wear commensurate with age and use. See photos. Displays splendid!
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