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French 1950s Souvenir of Nice Photographic Compact. The lid has a panoramic view of the bay at Nice with the Promenade des Anglais. Mimosa blossom frames the top of the scene and "Souvenir of Nice" is inscribed on the cloudless blue sky. A perspex cover protects the photographic image. The compact is gilt metal with a bright green guilloché enamel base. It is 2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter. There is wear to the base compatible with age. Inside the mirror is in excellent condition and there is a net cover to filter the powder.
The photograph is a classic vintage view showing the blue curve of the Mediterranean and the Promenade des Anglais flanked by palm trees and "modern" medium rise seafront hotels and villas, the foothills of the Alps rise behind the town. The small grey jetty, the remains of the magnificent Palais de la Jetée (Palace of the Pier) and Casino are shown in the foreground. The pier was dismantled during the Second World War and the metal used by the German army.
The French Riviera first become popular with the English aristocracy in the late 18th century for it's temperate winter climate. In 1820 a very harsh winter brought many poor laborers to Nice and the English paid them to build the promenade, which is how it got it's name. Nice was to become popular with Russian aristocratic émigrés after the revolution of 1917 and in the 1930s Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night" immortalized it's glamour.
This is an interesting compact for a collector or a usable handbag treasure for any lady in love with Nice.
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French 1950s Souvenir of Nice Photographic Compact
£25 GBP SOLD
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