Grace Agostino is an artist who decided to produce often "one of a kind" purses that mix the old with the new. Her bags are unique and breath taking, at least to me. She treats leather as though it was fabric and adds frames and ornamentation from the past. She began in the 1980's and is still producing expensive bags displayed in boutiques and luxury stores. The front and back of this bag combines "patches" of different kind of exotic skins. Python, lizard and other types of snakeskin are represented. Some have large scales, others smaller scales. The patches are irregularly shaped and they are often bordered with a dainty and lacy trim. The colors used include butter yellow, wheat, blush, greige, and light salmon. All hues are soft and pleasing. There are large clusters of irregular quartz stones (beads) that are sewn onto the front and back of the back. Intermixed with the quartz stones are various sized faux pearls that almost appear to be a rose gold color (they have that "antiqued" look). All stones are within the alabaster class with white, ivory and beige included. The stones have a different degree of opaqueness. The stones give the bag depth and dimension. These clusters are shiny, bright and the stones and "pearls" shimmer.....there is a magical aura to them. There is a double carry strap made of tan leather that is braided in the serpentine manner. It has a drop of 13 1/2". This strap can be tucked inside the bag to use it as a clutch. The top flap opens to a buttery soft light yellow kid leather inside bag. The inside part of this flap shows some discoloration. Cannot be seen since it on the inside. The bag closes with a snap that is inside the bag body. There is an open pocket with its own snap. The sewn in "Grace Ann Agostino" pink label is sewn inside. The inside is very clean. The measurements of the bag are 8 1/2"w x 6 1/2"h x 1"d. The bag is in wonderful condition. This is a very unusual bag that combines function with art. To me it is wearable art and will be closely examined by all who see it. Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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