Known for their wonderful beaded bags, the K&G Charlet company began producing novelty bags during the 1940's and continued through the '60's. Their purses were often made in the "beading" centers of the world, beginning in France during the 1940's and continuing onto Japan after the war. This bag was made in France probably right after the war. It is an example of the superb handiwork of French artisans. The bag is shaped as a box. It is covered with a black grosgrain type fabric on which a delicate and subtle pattern of beading is sewn. The bead work was probably hand done. The beads are mostly medium sized black glass beads but there is a sprinkling of other shaped multi faceted beads. The pattern has a lot of swirls which culminate in a large rose. The rose and its leaves are rimmed with the beads while the rest of the canvas is more densely beaded. The beads have a shine. It is really quite lovely. There are two rounded carry handles that too are laden with beads. The drop is 6". The bag closes with a tab that comes from behind and snaps shut. There is no frame. The inside is lined with a black grosgrain fabric. There are two open slip pockets. The cloth "Paris K&G Charlet Bag New York" label is affixed inside. The inside is in very good condition with the normal age and wear indications. Nothing significant. The purse measures 6"w x 6"h x 3"d. The purse is in great condition. There may be a few missing beads here and there (especially on the straps) but unless looked at very closely you really can't tell. This bag screams "retro". It as if Joan Crawford (who????) had this on her wrist when wearing a flowing gown. It is classic, timeless and yet so very vintage. I just love it!!!! Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
Please note the straps are not twisted or braided. I did that so that they would "stand up."
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