Anton Pieck was a Dutch painter and artist whose works depict nostalgic or almost fairy-tale like city and countryside scenes. This purse shows city life perhaps in Amsterdam as Pieck lived his entire life in the Netherlands until his death in 1987. This purse shows charming scenes of horse drawn carriages over cobblestone bridges, a bustling city market and one of my favorite scenes on this purse is the side that has the aspiring artist sitting on one of the rooftops painting the scene he sees below with his drink nearby. Perhaps this was Pieck painting himself? One can only wonder. This particular purse has lots of charm in addition to the actual scenes. I love the aged golden patina of the decoupaged surface. There are craze lines here and there (but not too many) which I also feel adds to the vintage charm. The rounded metal handle gives it a touch of modernism for the women of the 60’s and 70’s who would have carried this work of art. The interior is very clean and a nice soft sea foam green color (sometimes the inside liners can be something left to be desired but not in this case. A beautiful treasure to carry or display in your decor.
Condition: Very good condition. The decoupaged flat surface has wonderful golden patina. Each side as at least one craze line if not a few more but nothing to detracting. the edges are in amazingly good shape as the decoupage surface often gets chipped but I do not see any chipping along the edges. There are no discolorations on the exterior or interior. Interior is clean. Hardware is very nice with no wear even to the gold tone latch. Ball clasp works great. One of the tack nails that attaches the handle to the purse has fallen out (you can see in the picture that it was making its way out before I realized it!) Handle is still secure.
Marks: Anton Pieck
Measurements: 7” x 6” x 4 5/8”; Handle rises 4” above the top of the purse.