KIGU Bouquet Brass and Lucite Rouge Pot Circa 1957
Wonderful Unused English Basket Rouge Pot
From the 1920's through the 1950's ladies compacts were very fashionable. KIGU was an English maker of beautiful artisan pieces.
This loose powder basket compact is listed as a Type 63 with a perspex insert. The unused insert is intact with its original silk filter screen and compact. All pieces are hallmarked with the Kigu emblem. The insert is marked "Bouquet", the name of the line of Lucite domed tops that protected carved or ribbon flowers on a foil background. This particular style of basket compact was only available in 1956 and 1957.
The brass basket features machine turned patterns around the perimeter of the compact. It has what was known as a "graceful handle" that has an embossed basket weave design. The brass pots were coated with transparent enamel. The pieces were advertised to never tarnish as long as the enamel was not removed. This pot has 2 tiny spots where the brass has darkened a bit. The original creator was a gentleman named George Kiashek.
The rouge pot is 2 1/4 inches in diameter and weighs 59.9 grams. It has a silk bag but I do not think it is original. The pots came with a black silk bag.
This is a wonderful decorative piece for a vintage vanity. It represents the beauty and skill of artisan makers of the time. To find one with its puff and filter unused was a joy! Only 1 available to pass along through time.
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