This extraordinary wardrobe accessory will amaze you when it's in your hands. It is full of personality, feminine appeal and it has all of the expressive characteristics of the vintage Parisian beaded evening handbags. This particular example is especially mesmerizing with it's tiny micro beadwork, executed in a raised and dimensional pastel pattern, highlighted and outlined with bright gold French metal beads. I can't really say that there is a background color to this purse and you can see why, the all over pattern does not give way to a background shade. And I don't think I over edited these photos, they are reasonably good and show the color depth, particularly on the close up above. This is one of those purses that is easy to love, especially if you are a girly girl and love the ultimate in femininity, it is near pristine in overall appearance, actually, I don't see any negatives whatsoever.
The brass golden toned etched frame is as much a work of art as the purse is. Both ends of the frame are capped with an encirclement of pearls and beadwork. There are front are back rows of scalloped beading with additional pearl insets. The central arena is enhanced with a lovely row of Champleve enameling showing a vine of roses. The frame is in structurally sound condition and the lift up to open front clasp closes this purse with a solid snap. The metal is bright and shiny, really nice for the age of this well cared for purse. And since this is one of the older of the French beaded evening bags, it is also smaller in size.
I think my photos do a good job of depicting the frame and all of it's wonderful characteristics. There are a fair amount of pearls on this frame and some of the single pearls, in the scalloped beading, do show signs of aging in the form of loosing some of their outer skins, however, nothing that is detrimental to it's overall appearance, at least not in my opinion. This purse is well attached to the frame at all points and I have looked it over very well and secured any beading or elements that I thought should be strengthened. I also professionally cleaned this purse for you. It now carries only a scent of freshness, no odors or lingering aromas of old perfume.
There are thousands and thousands of tiny micro glass beads covering this bag, all snugly stitched together, with all-over heaping dimension. There must be one or 2 missing somewhere but nothing that stands out or that I have noticed. This evening handbag carries with a medium soft hand but is not overly soft. The interior ivory satin lining comes with a single double walled pocket and it does show some usage, although it is not stained. It is in lovingly used respectable condition and suffers no tears. This purse, stuffed with tissue, measures approx. 4 1/2 inches in height, 6 1/4 inches across the bottom, 6 inches across the frame, it has a 1 1/4 inch side gusset and the slinky style chain handle drops the purse by 4 1/2 inches. I don't find many of these exquisite micro beaded French evening handbags that are this fabulous, this one has a persona all of it's own.
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