Adorable c1930 compact with wooden panels and floral basket on the front. This lovely 1930’s Houbigant vintage compact folds out to reveal two slots for powders and one small round mirror. Unfortunately one of the powders is missing, but the rouge is still there. Both puffs are still with the compact.
The House of Houbigant is known as the oldest perfume house in record and has a fascinating history!
It all began with just a basket of flowers. One day in Paris in 1775, a young man, Jean-Francois Houbigant, hung a hand painted sign of a basket of flowers over his little shop in rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. From the start his fragrances found favour with royalty and the nobility. Houbigant taught the titled women at the Court of Versailles how to perfume their fans so that just a fragrant flutter would send out a romantic message. When in 1793 Marie-Antoinette was executed by guillotine, she carried 3 vials of Houbigant perfume in her corsage to give her strength.
Houbigant was permitted, under law, “to make and sell all kinds of scents, powders, pomades, pastes to whiten and cleanse the skin, soaps, toilet-waters, gloves, mittens and skin material.”
Measures: 2″ x 2″ and 1/2″ deep
Condition: Inside is in good condition, bar the missing powder, some small marks to the mirror and internal metal work, externally this compact has seen considerable damage. Please see images, please note this is reflected in the price of this 1930’s houbigant vintage compact.
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