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Powder Jars

Throughout history, the use of cosmetics has fallen in and out of favor as sensibilities changed. In the mid-19th century, only prostitutes and actresses, who people of the time considered to be cut from the same cloth, wore obvious makeup. Many other women discreetly used makeup, opting for barely-there applications like a subtle dusting of powder.

When face powder finally became fashionable in the late 19th century, a need arose for small refillable containers to keep the powder in. A new art form, the powder jar, was born. These palm-sized vessels, from simple containers with flat lids to elaborate sculpted pieces with ornate closures, became common sights on the vanities and dressing tables of women from the Victorian era through the '50s.

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ANNÉES 1930 POUDRIER À FARD HEXAGONAL A silver plated powder box, circa 1930.

March 27, 2018, 2:30 PM CET
Paris, France

€100 (starting bid)

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XIXème SIÈCLE BOÎTE à POUDRE A XIXth century gold powder box.

March 28, 2018, 2:30 PM CET
Paris, France

€600 (starting bid)

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German 935 Sterling Enamel Lidded Vanity Power Box

March 28, 2018, 5:00 PM EST
Sunrise, FL, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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