The body of this purse is completely covered with small soft ivory glass seed beads and has a magnificent infusion of colorful Tambour embroidery, executed in the Point de Beauvais stitch. The color palette is very pleasing to the eye and includes softer, yet distinct tones of coral, pink, rose, pale blue, greens, golden amber and a few other earthy shades. This purse has quite a bit of coral tones and subsequently these colors seem to cast an all over pinkish coral tone the the entire purse, including the beading. I believe some of my photos may show this attribute, it's very pretty, especially if your like the pinky coral tones. The workmanship and detailing on this purse is identical on both sides and it will arrive to you in overall excellent, very well cared for, in gently used condition. There is no real apparent or obvious bead loss, I have looked it over and fine no complaints, it's in really nice shape, no stains, discolors or negatives. This purse has been professionally cleaned and thoroughly refreshed for you. Josef has been well known for carrying some of the most fashionable of the French made beaded evening bags and this splendid example is a testimony to that fact. The bead work is full, the embroidery suffers no discolor, snags or negatives that I can detect. This purse has a wonderful feel, carries with a medium soft hand, certainly not stiff, somewhat huggable.
There is a gold toned metal frame that sports a full and vibrant row of multi faceted clear rhinestones. The metal work is strong and supportive, showing just a little in the form of natural aging and patina. The front of the frame is enhanced with a full row of 19 chaton cut rhinestones, each in their own prong setting. All stones look secure and original and they are totally full of life, without dulling, darkening or yellowing. These rhinestones each measure approx. a quarter inch in diameter and are of the finest quality, as expected from Josef. The purse is well attached to the frame at all points and the frame opens with a push through clasp and closes as it should. This is a very pretty French designer beaded and embroidered evening bag so don't expect to go unnoticed when you carry this purse, everyone will want to know where you found it.
The hand stitched embroidery makes it's way around the purse and is equally as beautiful on all sides. The interior ivory satin lining is in sound and secure condition, looking gently used, without wears or tears. This purse is as clean as it can be and the lining suffers no damage, nor does the purse. The lining is of fine quality, there is a single double walled pocket and the Josef designer label. Stuffed with tissue, this eloquent and dynamic purse measures approx. 5 inches in total height, 8 inches across the widest, 6 1/4 inches across the frame, it has a 2 inch side gusset and the delicate French carry chain handle drops this purse by 4 1/2 inches. If you have enjoyed viewing these photos, you will no doubt adore this French, hand made, Josef ivory beaded purse, with lots of coral embroidery and you will enjoy decades of pleasure from carrying it. If you are a collector of these fine designer purses, or would like to start collecting, you will never regret adding it to your treasury of wardrobe accessories.
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