Sculptural bags, such as this one, were created in the late 1940's thru the 1960's. It was during this time, beginning the with the end of WWII, that creativity in handbag style and design was at it peak (at least this is how I see it). Lucite plastic bags, kelly bags, wicker bags, cocktail bags, beaded bags as well as leather and skin bags were all made with an emphasis on both the classic as well as the unusual and different. It was a time for experimentation. This sculptural handbag by Dofan, made in France,is an example of a bag whose shape is its statement. Dofan was a company with headquarters in New York, Paris and Grenoble that was in existence from the 1940's thru the '70's. Their bags had a elegance about them and they stood among the other great names in handbag design such as Koret and Rosenfeld. They were known for their buttery soft leather and superior skins. This bag presents all this. It is architecturally striking with an unusual tall and slender shape. It is black. It is best described by looking at it since in this case a picture says a thousand words. It is made from a soft but strong leather and there is gold trim outlining part of the upper handles. The clasp is an integral part of the appearance and it is stylized and prominent even though it is a simple gold tone loop. The leather handle section is about one third of the height of the bag. There are rounded elements to the style. The purse body compartment opens by pushing the loop claps backwards. The inside is lined with dark navy blue leather and there are two open pockets and one zippered one. The Taurus bull Dofan figural logo is stamped inside along with "Dofan Made in France." The inside is in great condition without serious signs of use or wear. The measurements are 9"w x 12 1/2"h x 2"d. The bag is in wonderful condition. There is tarnish on the inside gold tone trim. other than that only minimal expected signs of age and usage. This is a fabulous bag that shows sophistication as well as a little "funkiness" in its design. It has an amazing look. It is one "cool" blast from the past! Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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