Rare Sterling "Bird in Hand" Compact by Salvador Dali

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

This extraordinary compact was designed by Salvador Dali around 1950. It has a streamlined bird shape, and it feels great in the hand. This design was made in three versions, bronze, silver-plate and sterling, with gold-plated accents. A blurb from the "WHAT'S NEW" section of "The Corpus Christi Caller-Times" of March 25, 1951 that describes a silver-plated bronze version of the "Bird in Hand" compact states:

"The bronze is silver finished, with gold-tipped wings and body, ruby-colored metallic eyes. While these will be in the moderate price range in department and jewelry stores, an earlier edition of 100 hand made models in sterling silver and gold was offered at $100 each."

This is the only sterling version of the compact that I have ever seen. Rather than the ruby colored metallic eyes, is has bezel set, cut rubies (or perhaps simulated rubies) for eyes.

There is a release on the tip of the tail that allows the wings to open upward and expose the powder compartment. This release also allows access to the pillbox in the tail. And, in perfect surrealist fashion, one pulls the bird's head off to access the lipstick. It's the most elegant combination of the sweet and the bizarre.

It comes with it's original presentation box and protective, fabric bag. The powder puff is still there, and it has never been used. It doesn't look like it ever had any lipstick in it, either.

The box measures 3 5/8" wide x 5 3/8" deep x 1 5/8" high.

Please contact us if you have any questions.
Details
Designer
Salvador Dali
Brand
Elgin American
Place of Origin
United States
Period
1950-1959
Condition
Good. Spotting to the finish, ding to the beak, discoloration to the clear finish inside the powder compartment, fraying of the cord and overall wear to the cloth bag, marks, dents and adhesive residue to the box, light spotting to the mirror.
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
2.63 in. W x 1.25 in. D x 4.5 in. L
7 cm W x 3 cm D x 11 cm L
Length
4.5 in. (11 cm)
Dealer Location
Chicago, IL
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
AU14040762192
Contact The Seller
1stdibs seller since 2009
Located in Chicago, IL

More from this Seller

Pierre Cardin Beaded Shoulder Bag
Pierre Cardin Beaded Shoulder Bag
Pierre Cardin
This Pierre Cardin evening bag has a simple, geometric design rendered in multicolored metallic beads. It's satin lined and has a strap made of a flat link chain. This petite shoulder b...
French Art Deco Black Lacquer Cigarette Case
French Art Deco Black Lacquer Cigarette Case
Unknown
This elegant, c. 1920s or 1930s cigarette case has an wonderful monogram on the front. The three bold initials are interlocking and arranged in an asymmetrical, grid-like form. The lett...
Fuchsia Roberta di Camerino Handbag
Fuchsia Roberta di Camerino Handbag
Roberta di Camerino
This Roberta di Camerino handbag is covered in a fuchsia silk with a raised pattern of trefoil designs in blue and green. There are decorative, gold-plated screw heads that attach the f...
Plaid Crystal Bead Clutch
Plaid Crystal Bead Clutch
Unknown
This glittering evening clutch is wrapped in a mesh of faceted crystal beads that form a plaid pattern. Though the only label is a Saks Fifth Avenue label, I believe it was made by Copp...
Roberta di Camerino Basket Weave Patterned Velvet Handbag
Roberta di Camerino Basket Weave Patterned Velvet ...
Roberta di Camerino
This lovely Roberta Di Camerino bag has a basket weave pattern in the cut velvet. The color is rich and bright and is somewhere between a fuchsia and a burgundy. The false pocket on the...
Pierre Cardin Futuristic Shoulder Bag
Pierre Cardin Futuristic Shoulder Bag
Pierre Cardin
This Pierre Cardin evening bag has a space age sensibility, an iconic style of this designer. The use of the metal panels lends a futuristic, high tech feel to the simple, silk, flap to...
Anne-Marie Chesterfield Cigarettes Handbag
Anne-Marie Chesterfield Cigarettes Handbag
Anne-Marie
Extremely rare handbag by Anne-Marie in the shape of a pack of Chesterfield cigarettes. The bag is covered in cream leather and printed with the Chesterfield logo. The top of the bag is...
Faye Mell Las Vegas Theme Handbag
Faye Mell Las Vegas Theme Handbag
Faye Mell
This whimsical, Las Vegas theme handbag has a textured gold vinyl body. On the front is a clear vinyl covered panel displaying casino matchbooks, cards, a poker chip and fake money with...
Holzman Oversized Elliptical Tapestry Handbag
Holzman Oversized Elliptical Tapestry Handbag
Holtzmann's
This exceptional handbag has an elliptical form with integrated cut-out handles. The side panels are made from a tapestry fabric with raised floral patterns. The central body, inside pa...
Enid Collins Papier Mache Handbag
Enid Collins Papier Mache Handbag
Enid Collins
Cheerful, handmade papier mache box bag with jeweled flower by Enid Collins. It rests on little brass button feet. The height given below is the overall height including the handle. ...
Holzman Tapestry Handbag with Round Handles
Holzman Tapestry Handbag with Round Handles
Unknown
This lovely c. 1950s or 1960s Holzman handbag has front and back panels made from a tapestry fabric with raised floral patterns. The side panels and bottom are black leather. The black ...
Koret Double Bubbles Handbag
Koret Double Bubbles Handbag
Richard Koret
This unusual black leather handbag has an almost cartoon-like design. It looks like two overlapping bubbles with a shiny highlight on the edge of the front bubble. The kiss lock clasps ...