This approximate 1930 - 1940 off white beaded creation was completely hand made with tiny glass beads, and although it is currently unmarked, I have no doubt that it was made in France. I have been working on these evening purses long enough to recognize a French masterpiece when I see it. From it's fine embroidery and Point de Beauvais stitching to it's fabulous Champlevé enameled frame, there is no mistaking it's origins. The embroidered scene depicts a Crinoline lady and her gentleman suitor. She is so delicately poised and he stands so upright and proud. The period clothing is outstanding and their costuming is embroidered in a twisted stitch with their arms, legs, faces and hats in a Point de Beauvais stitch. The scene is as charming as can be, this purse will appeal to the romantic at heart.
The entire perimeter of this purse has a silver gray glass beaded trellis that is decorated with Tambour embroidered roses executed in the Point de Beauvais stitch. The colors of these roses are showing fairly well in my photos, in fact, most of the colors on this purse are displaying well, at least on my screen. The scenery on this handbag is the same on each side of the purse, except for being in reverse. The workmanship is simply splendid and I am delighted to report that this creation, although loved and used, has also been well cared for. Although it is not 100% perfect, it suffers no serious bead loss, snags, tears or other obvious problems. I did have restorations to do on this purse, re-enforcing of existing beadwork and replacing some missing beads but overall, it was in lovely condition to start with. The appearance is quite spectacular and I do believe the collector of these special treasures will be able to look past it's small flaws. In addition, this purse has been professionally and thoroughly cleaned for your enjoyment.
The golden brassy tone metal framing is a rare work of art, in fact, it's been quite some time since I've offered a purse on such a nice Champlevé enameled frame. This one is sensational and I do believe the many photos of the frame will show all of it's attributes and it's current condition. Keep in mind that this frame has good depth and measures 1 3/8 inches from front to back and is nearly 6 3/4 inches wide. This frame is designed with a slight concaved shape and long beaded side arms. It is also decorated with a generous amount of faceted coppery gold metal beading and an abundance of crisp colorful heaps of glass beadwork.
All the decorative elements are securely intact but you will find, on very close inspection, that a little wear to the enameling has been re-touched. The enameled roses, that are on each end, had a little spot of wear on one petal. I have an enamel that is a nearly perfect color match, so I touched them up and overall, they look very respectable to the eye. In the close-ups, of course, it doesn't look perfect like it did originally but it's in very acceptable condition. If you can overlook these 2 small enameling flaws, you will have a wonderful and creative treasure. There is a lot of color on this frame so this enamel repair will be easily overlooked.
The frame suffers from no structural defects and overall, it is gorgeous. It opens with a lift up clasp and closes with a solid snap. As you can see, there is a wide 2 1/2 inch side gusset making this a bit of a larger purse. Stuffed with tissue, it measures 6 inches from top to bottom, 9 inches at it's widest and the golden serpentine style chain handle drops the purse by 5 1/2 inches. I'm showing you lots of photos from several angles so you can judge this handbag as more than worthy to be in your collection. The original interior dusty rose satin lining is in very nice condition and has one pocket. The lining is edged with it's original delicate trimming and is snug to the frame. This is a roomy purse and will accommodate your evening essentials. This French beaded and embroidered evening purse is a rare beauty, one that I will likely never acquire again. Consider adding it to your wardrobe accessories or gifting it to that special someone in your life. I know it will maintain star status amongst your favorite purses.
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