Is there anything more magical than the unicorn? Heralded since medieval times, this fanciful figure is sometimes depicted on purses, usually on petit point palettes representing ancient times. However, it is rarely seen on bags created by the labor intensive stitch, the silk stitch. This stitch also referred to as the satin stitch allows stitches of varying length to produce detailed "3d" pictures. I estimate this bag to be circa 1920's since the motif has a slight deco feel to it and isn't as classical as other unicorn depictions . The background is done in dark brown silk stitchery that appears very thick and plush. The figural motif covers most of the front and back of the bag. It depicts two large unicorns done in shades of pink and beige. They appear to be prancing and there is fluidity and movement to the figures. Another heraldic emblem similar to the shape of a lyre is also depicted as well as sprigs of flowers. The palette is most unusual and very different. The frame is arched and has decorative gold tone open work against a dark background. The front, back and top of the frame all have decorative work. There is a decorative small "wreath" as a pull tag and the bag opens and closes with a ornamental knob. There is a double carry chain of small links. It has a drop of 6". It is connected to the bag by decorative hardware. There is a little verdigris on the chains. All this is evidence of a very high end bag of its time. The inside is lined with a grosgrain fabric which is beginning to shred in one spot. There is a ruffled open slip pocket and lace surrounds the border of the lining. Very typical of the lining of older bags. Despite the shredding, the lining is otherwise in very good condition. The bag measures 7" at it widest x 8 1/2"h x 1"d. The bag is in great condition. This is a very unusual bag that is perfect for the renaissance lady!
Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Silk Stitched Purse with "Unicorn" Figures