Offering a vintage Martin Van Schaak gold snakeskin belt with a crystal encrusted large medallion. Martin Van Schaak was an exclusive purse designer in the 1960's who serviced a clientele of socialites, wealthy women and celebrities. His items were custom made since he didn't have a shop and he did not sell his designs in stores. He would go to the customer's houses and custom design the item with the client. He was a great influence on Judith Leiber. This belt definitely exemplifies the impact he had on Leiber. The belt was originally part of a set which included this belt as well as a minaudiere which was completely covered with crystals and had the identical swan as the motif. The minaudiere was bought by a wealthy woman who was not interested in the belt. I was the seller so I know that this is indeed Martin Van Schaak. The belt is gold python snakeskin and the back is gold leather. The medallion is quite large being 4"w x 3"h, The medallion pictures a gold edged swan with gold edged abstract plants. It is essentially mostly crystals. The wing of the swan is made of goldtone crystals and has a three dimensional effect since it is not flat. There are 3 tiger eye jewels on the body. Goldtone crystals appear in other places on the medallion. It is spectacular, shiny, dramatic and striking. All the crystals are there. The belt is 34" long and it has a curve to it. It is 1+"h but naturally crests larger by the medallion. A hook on the backside of the buckle closes into an eye on the belt. At auction Martin Van Schaak items are categorized with other ultra luxury items such as Hermes and of course, Leiber. This belt reflects a designer who never achieved celebrity status but whose work was unmatched by none. CA: 1960 Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition
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