After the Second World War, Van Cleef & Arpels paid tribute to Paris and its iconic locations, creating a series of clips, charm bracelets and precious objects in honor of the Maison's native city. One such piece is the Arc de Triomphe powder compact, designed with a yellow gold cover featuring two figures, sculpted in relief and set with precious stones, strolling along a background engraving depicting the Champs Élysées. Meticulously rendered, the Arc de Triomphe dominates the perspective, symbolizing renewed peace and a rediscovered sense of joie de vivre.
Drawing featuring a box with a Paris scene, circa 1940.
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