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Rare French Micro Beaded and Embroidered Scenic Evening Purse

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I never cease to be amazed by how really beautiful these vintage French beaded evening bags are, with each one being so uniquely different, please look closely at this example.

Rarely have I ever seen two French evening purses that are the same and this unusual  handbag shows it's "one of a kind" nature and exquisite personality.

Vintage Josef gold beaded evening handbag on a Hobe jeweled frame   Small French hand beaded and embroidered clutch purse 1930 1940



This 1920 - 1930 black 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 is of a dancing couple, dressed in a rather more relaxed country attire and the stitching has taken on a tad bit of a vintage look. The roses are presented in the Point de Beauvais stitch and the scene is the same on both sides of the purse, save for being in reverse. It is simply splendid in every way and I am delighted to report that it has been well cared for. Although it is not 100% perfect, it suffers no bead loss, snags, tears or other serious problems. I did have to re-enforce the beaded handle a little where is attaches to the purse but this purse is currently in extra nice condition and it has been professionally cleaned for your enjoyment. The overall appearance is quite spectacular and I do believe the collector of these special treasures will be able to look past it's small flaws. 


The gold tone metal framing is a rare work of art, in fact, I've not seen nicer Champlevé enameling in awhile. Each side of the frame, where the enameling is, measures 1˝ inches wide. It is also decorated with a generous amount of crisp gold beadwork and a spray of small faux pearls. All the decorative elements are securely intact but you will find, on very close inspection, a little wear to the enameling, primarily in one spot. There is a lot of color on this frame so this enamel loss can be easily forgiven. The clasp folds over the frame and catches the front side of the purse, closing it with a gentle snap, no problems with the structural integrity of the frame. There is a thin line of  black enameling on the clasp, some of that was missing, so I touched it up with some matching black enamel paint. Of course, it doesn't look perfect like it did originally but it's in very acceptable condition, if you can overlook the small enameling flaws, you will have a wonderful and rare treasure.


I'm showing you lots of photos from several angles so you can judge this handbag as worthy to be in your collection.  The original interior black satin lining is in excellent condition and has a pocket with a chain attached coin purse. This purse may have had a French label, at one time, but I am unable to find any markings. The lining is snug to the frame so if there is a mark on the frame, I cannot see it. This is a very roomy purse, a little larger than many French beaded evening purses. Stuffed with tissue, it measures a generous 6˝ in total height, 6 inches across the bottom, 8 inches across the mid section, the sides and bottom have 2 inches of depth and the beaded handle drops about 4˝ inches. This is a rare beauty that I will likely never acquire again, please 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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