The donation by María Luisa Ruiz Jiménez consists of 122 dressing table and grooming products, dated between 1905 and 1960.
The collection was assembled by the donor over her professional life as the owner of a beauty parlour for over 30 years and centres on two large groups of pieces: cases and powder compacts and also perfume bottles, although it also includes lip pens, blusher compact cases, lotions, hair gels, soaps, creams, etc.
The collection provides a fine selection of the main Spanish manufacturers of the period: Myrurgia, Dana, Instituto Español, Laurendor, Gal, Mas, Calber, etc. However, it also includes a sample of foreign, mostly French and American, brands: Coty, Piver, Tokalon, Lanvin, Gemey, Risler, Elisabeth Arden, Klytia, Marlice, Jean Patou, etc.
In addition to documenting the grooming and beauty habits of women in the period, the collection also allows us to track commercial, aesthetic and decorative stereotypes for these kinds of objects over the period covered by the collection: the call of the East, as a source of beauty and the exotic, generally through names like Emir, Maderas de Oriente, Jungla, Gran Mogol, Pompeya, etc. Spanish placenames were used by a brand that wanted to expand internationally: Maja, Flores de Talavera, Embrujo de Sevilla, Morena clara, Flor de Blasón, etc. And romance and feelings were depicated as essentially feminine: Promesa, Tabú, Requiebro, Mis amores, Amour Amour, etc.
In their design, the cases and bottles also document the influence of aesthetic artistic trends that have marked different eras: Noucentisme. art déco, Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism, etc.
The collection donated by Rosario Rey Lora consists of various women's undergarments and a new-born baby frock.
The group of women's undergarments consists of two camisoles, bloomers and a matching set of a bandeau bra and bloomers. Quite probably these pieces were part of a bride's trousseau, which in those days women prepared for their marriage. In this instance, they are finely-made garments used by well-off women, in high quality material and were probably made in specialised studios. On these, it is worth nothing the embroidery techniques used in the decoration; they are outstanding examples included as part of broderie anglaise and combine different stitches such as running stitch embossing, raised stitching, pin stitching and drawn threadwork. It is also worth mentioning the lacework in different styles, with is extremely delicate and rich.
In chronological terms, the set corresponds to the period after the corset was abandoned, and is an example of the profound changes produced in women's undergarments after the First World War.
In addition, the donation includes a new-born baby dress from the early 20th century. As with the previous items, it is a finely made piece, decorated with drawn thread work and delicate lacework despite its mechanical nature.