Offered for sale is a lovely 1940's powder compact cosmetics mirror by the Volupté U.S.A. Decorated with floral embellished squares of mother pearl and comes complete with powder puff and mesh.
The firm was founded in the mid 1920s in Elizabeth, New Jersey. As well as manufacturing elegant vanities Volupte created costume jewellery, cigarette cases and accessories.
Volupté emerged as market leader in the 1940s and ’50s, producing a range of elegant functional compacts, that epitomized the glamour of the 40’s & 50’s. The brand was considered to be upmarket with advertisements featuring the comment, “Volupté reflects the prettiest faces” and stated availability as “wherever fine compacts are sold.”
A November 1950 ad in Glamour Magazine positions them as collectible. “Now your Volupté compacts serve a double purpose! You use one each day as a beauty accessory–and you display your entire collection in your home to add new excitement and glamour to your decoration! ’Collector’s Items’ by Volupté are exquisitely gleaming examples of the jeweller’s art… each worth saving and cherishing, as fine as a beloved heirloom.” At the top of the ad, actress Dorothy Lamour proclaimed, ”I get a thrill out of collecting these compacts!” In another Rita Hayworth says "Collecting compacts like these is an exciting idea".