Judith Leiber began making designer handbags at the end of World War II, after she'd fled the Holocaust to Switzerland.
She was the first woman to join the handbag-maker's guild in Budapest and is most famous for her minaudiere style, usually covered in crystal, of which this extraordinary handbag is a shining example.
A classic clutch, the handbag is rigid and features a goldtone frame while the body is absolutely covered in sparklingly clear, flatback rhinestones. Light dances on the facets, creating a magical visual appeal.
A traditional push clasp allows the bag to open easily and secure easily, while the top is subtly adorned with a decoration of artfully pierced goldtone metal.
Upon opening, you'll find the interior lined with gorgeous golden leather, as well as the gold-plated "Judith Leiber New York" placard affixed to the side.
The original gold-tone mirror and comb are inside, as well as the matching leather coin-purse.
Exhibiting only a small area of darkening on the interior of the metal frame, the clutch remains in overall excellent condition. There are no missing rhinestones, but there is one that is ever-so-slightly lifted. It is very hard to spot, but it does show a very minor darkening.
A small, articulated chain nests within the bag so that, should the wearer choose, it can be carried on the shoulder.
The Judith Leiber minaudiere exemplifies an almost supernatural beauty, in addition to an inimitable standard of quality.
The most prized of all handbags, the rhinestone-encrusted Judith Leiber minaudiere is as collectible and valuable as it is graceful and glamorous.
The original dust bag is included.
6" long, 4" tall, 2" deep (from front to back when closed), chain handle measures 40" long
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