Sometimes you find a purse that "tickles your fancy" even though it might have a slight imperfection. This purse certainly did "tickle" me. Many purses of this kind were produced during the early mid century in France. They were gorgeous, feminine and charming. While this bag being offered is all that, it has some additional qualities that are seldom seen in this genre of bags. That is, it has a whimsical quality as well as an art deco vibe. It is medium sized and the bottom is wider than the top. The background of the bag's body is beaded with small round jet black beads. Intertwined and floating throughout the black background are triads of colorful beads. These three bead clusters are done in primary colors of light blue, mint green, lemon lemon and cherry red. They can be thought of as stylistic "birds'" or flowers free floating on a dark background. They "pop" against the black and give the illusion of depth. The frame is of the clamper style. The flat top of the frame is engraved with a "fan" like deco design. The front of the frame is scalloped and it also has a deco influence. It is engraved but the highlight is the jewels. These jewels are vertical as well as horizontal. Again they are in clusters of three. Three turquoise cabochons are set in decorative bezels vertically while 3 ruby red stones are also set in fancy bezels this time horizontally. The frame together with the body of the bag present an appearance that is whimsy and yet is so stylistic and appealing. The clamper is tight and the hinge is secure. There is a carry strap made of the same "dotted" beads. It has a drop of 4 1/2". The inside is lined with a pinky satin fabric. There are 2 open slip pockets that are trimmed with metallic trim. There is a sewn in label stating "Perfumes CHUNN Gifts 43 Rue Richer Paris France". Obviously this is a hand made bag that was offered for sale at the Chunn store which undoubtedly was located in the swankiest part of town. The inside is in great condition with minimal signs of wear and age. The measurements of the bag are 10" w x 6"h x 1"d.
The purse is in wonderful condition with the exception of one flaw. There is one vertical line of black beads on the front towards the side that is slightly raised. All the beads are there but it is slightly higher than the beads surrounding it. On the back, at exactly the same spot, there is another vertical line where the beads are absent. This imperfection is there but it doesn't really take away from the overall appearance of the bag. I still love the bag and appreciate all its fine qualities and unique details. It is priced accordingly. Condition: Very Good VINTAGE Condition
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