If a purse could ever be labeled a " a true work of art", then this would be it!The top of the purse is a deeply etched scene of a 17th century engraving of a Parisian Salon.It is titled," Tendre Sollicitude " which I thick translates to affectionate love and is attributed to Clement Pierre Marillier.The detailing is incredible with depth and shading as shown in photos.It is in excellent condition both inside and out as shown in photos.The only other purse similar to this one is claimed to have been designed by a Harry Rosenfeld, but the top is only a glass plate.There is not too much information about this early designer except that he began in the early 1940's in New York.The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a collection of some of his purses on display.This one in my opinion, out stages any of them.This box style purse measures 5 1/2" x 4" and 3 1/2" high closed.Opened it stands 7" high.It is lined in a champagne colored silk with a pleated back pocket.The bottom is stamped, MADE IN FRANCE.A wonderful and rare example of art meets fashion and should be displayed as such.
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