THis is another example of Judith Leiber's versatility, creativity and ingenuity. This evening purse, circa 1980's, is a small Kelly style bag done in black silk. However, it is the amazing deco inspired pattern of beads and sequins that create a striking and dramatic design. On both the front and back the central motif of the design is a large circle whose border is done in three rows of small jet beads. Circular parts are continued in the design and intersect within and outside the circles. The design is created with these small jet beads and tubular beads. THe beads are bright and shiny. Integral to the impressive effect of the design are curved "lines" made of sequins that appear to be hematite in color and are matte in finish. There also are "curved" lines that are done in shiny black sequins. The contrast between the shine and flat finish of the sequins create a pattern that "pops" out at times while other elements recede simultaneously. Very eye catching and wonderful. THe double handle is done in bezel set Swarovski black crystals that cover all sides of the rounded handles. THe drop is 6 1/2". There are 4 small silver tone studs on the bottom to protect the purse. The purse closes with a kiss lock type clasp that is fully encrusted with Swarovski crystals. THe inside is lined in black silk. THe closed compartment has an open slip pocket and the Leiber identification panel stating "Judith Leiber New York" is affixed inside. Two open compartments on each side of the closed purse body provide for additional storage. THe inside is very clean without signs of wear or age. The measurement of the bag are 6 1/2"w x 5 1/4"h x 2"d. THe purse is in great condition. There is one small area on the edge where 2 or 3 beads are missing. Mentioned for accuracy, only noticed if searched for. THe intricacy of the pattern plus the skilled craftsmanship of the beading makes this Leiber bag one of the nicest I have seen (and I've seen a lot!). It is timeless, dramatic, and impressive. Another win for Leiber and you!!!!!! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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