Reminiscent of the old French aubusson and gobelin tapestry panels that line the walls of so many of our favorite Chateau and Palaces of France and of Europe, these later aubusson loomed tapestry purses became faves in the 1880-1920s, and this is a remainder of that era. The method of weaving fine dyed wool and silk yarns is the same, the beautiful surface of the needlework/loom work is just as pretty, and they are wonderful to collect and decorate with now. I saw a hanging rack once within a dressing room and it was loaded with a collection of these beautiful old French bags, scads of them, and the impact was truly a work of art. Brilliant palette of wools and silks, and the running theme of the French Romantic era, a' la Boucher, Fragonard, others, whose paintings hang in the Louvre and other museums around the world.
Very good condition, has a couple of flaws to note: There is a light looseness to woven yarns showing up in the faces, see images. There is a spot along the frame where one need take only a needle, thread and a few moments to reattach the bag to the frame. There is the old original silk lined interior, which one might wish to remake if you decide you want this bag for your evening purse, or to use. I would leave it just as it is, puffed with tissue inside and on a bedside table in a guestroom. Such a pretty thing!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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