I have never seen a purse such as this exquisite bag. I should keep it for myself but you all know the drill, no more room! The uniqueness of this purse is that there is a miniature hand painted scene inset in the cover of the bag. And it is painted on ivory! Of course it is designed in France and is probably from the 1950's. The shape of the bag is unusual being a rectangle whose top corners are detailed with rounded curves that are higher than the rest of the top. This accent adds significant interest. The fabric is a durable black silk. Then there is the miniature painting inserted in the middle of the bag. The painting is very colorful using a combination of bright and soft colors. The scene depicts a classical or Baroque couple who seem to be holding hands and courting. However, the lady is facing in another direction and is not directly looking at the gentleman. Perhaps he is not a success ??? The are situated in a French garden and the trees and shrubs are done in a muted manner. The colors of the couple's clothing is bright and dynamic. The lady's cloak is a soft pink color and the artist has detailed the folds and drapery of the clothing. The gentleman has a bright blue coat. The palette is highly detailed and finely done with tiny brush strokes. The painting is signed EMS OR EMG. Just a beautiful decorative accent that is remarkably done on ivory! The bag closes with a gold tone bullet shaped closure. There are double black silk handles with a drop of 6 1/2". There is a closed middle compartment and an open section on each side resulting in three storage areas. The inside is lined in a black silk fabric. There is an open pocket and another with two open sections. The sewn in label states "Ivory Hand Painted Made in France." The inside is in wonderful condition without any indications to note. This bag was obviously hardly used. The measurements of the bag are 9 1/4"w x 6"h x 1". The painting measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/4". The bag is in fabulous condition also with only the slightest indications of wear and use. As said, I have never seen such a bag and don't think I will ever see another. It is rare and unique. It is stunning and exquisite. It is vintage at it best. It is a keeper! (although I can't) Condition: excellent VINTAGE Condition
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