One of the absolute pleasures of revisiting my collection of make up products is that I’m learning new things about the pieces I own. I have The Make Up Museum (HERE) to thank again for the extra leg work on this one although I had thought I was pretty knowledgeable about it.

Coromandels de CHANEL 2005

It’s the only CHANEL palette that I can remember coming in a lacquer box or any sort of surrounding box other than the standard cardboard. I suppose it was to elevate the origins of the concept – of the Coromandel screens that Mme Chanel was so fond of. I visited her apartment in 2013 (although it feels much longer ago) in Paris and sure enough, her beloved screens were there.

Coromandels de CHANEL 2005

A Coromandel screen is a lacquered screen in several folds from China – known as ‘Coromandel’ because they came to Europe from China shipped via the Coromandel coast of south east India.



Coromandels de CHANEL 2005

The detailed work is so precise because it used laser technology – an electronic arm – to control a beam to create the decorative incisions as well as polish and colour. It was cutting edge at the time but even so, I don’t know of a more beautiful artwork on make-up than this one.

Coromandels de CHANEL 2005

From top to bottom, the details are olive branches, gold Chinese scrolls and decorated lacquer designed to make the whole piece look like a fragment of a screen. And it does. It turns out that the Coromandels de CHANEL palette is highly sought after – £279 on eBay. Who knew?

 

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