Vanity of circular section in coral natural lacquer, the hinged top with two gilt-bronze figures of birds opening to reveal a mirrored underside and a shallow compartment, continuing to three swiveling drawers and a lower cabinet; all raised on a gilt-bronze base and fitted with ornate gilt-bronze pulls, hinges, and trim.
Stamped AA RATEAU
Height with mirror open: 41 ½ in (105.5 cm)
Height with mirror closed: 33 in (83.8 cm)
Diameter: 17 ½ in (44.5 cm)
Franck Olivier-Vial and François Rateau, Armand Albert Rateau, Paris: Les Éditions de l'Amateur, 1992, p. 193 (similar model illustrated).
Poiret: King of Fashion, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9 May - 5 August 2007.