Maria Regnier Modernist Sterling Compact, St Louis, MO or Savannah, GA 1945-63
This rare and beautiful hand-wrought compact case has a bold modern design with applied circular discs to the cover. The shallow interior contains a mirror. According to an article in Silver Magazine, 'The circle was a favorite motif that she (Regnier) applied to jewelry, lipstick cases and compacts, as well as boxes.' (1)
The motif on this compact is more involved than the one in the collection of the MFA, Boston, see here.
One seldom finds items created by Maria Regnier on the market. For a wonderful article about Maria Regnier, see "Maria Regnier: Rediscovering a Modernist Silversmith" by Marissa S. Hershon in the November/ December 2018 issue of Silver Magazine.
This rare item is marked 'MR' and 'STERLING/ HANDWROUGHT.'It measures 3 inches square by .5 inches high and is in very good antique condition with slight lifting to one corner.
Marissa S. Hershon, "Maria Regnier: Rediscovering a Modernist Silversmith" in Silver Magazine, November/ December 2018, pp. 18-25.
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