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The 18 carat gold box with stylized basket-weave decoration, the cover with a ribbon and scroll motif formed of 258 graduated diamonds pavé set in white gold, the clasp concealed by two scrolls, fitted interior with a hinged mirror which folds down to reveal a bill clasp and a sprung comb holder, the base with sprung holder for a lighter and a smaller rectangular watch, a side released lipstick holder, with French eagle's head third standard mark for gold
3. x 7 x 1in. (7.7 x 17.8 x 2.6cm.)
861 gr.
Estate of Her Imperial Highness Princess Soraya, Beaussant Lefèvre, Paris, 29 May 2002, lot 35

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This minaudiére was reputedly a wedding gift from the Shah of Iran to his wife Empress Soraya on the 12th of February 1951. Empress Soraya is recorded as having worn this minaudière on many official state occasions including a lunch with President Eisenhower in December 1954 and to welcome King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia to Tehran in August 1955. For images of the Empress carrying this, please see page 207 and the image illustrated right.

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