At first glance, one might think this purse is just another beaded purse from the mid century. But, oh no, my friends, this purse is absolutely gorgeous and skillfully crafted and very special. Of course, it’s designer is Josef, one of the most premier designers of beaded bags in his time and this bag surprisingly was hand beaded in the USA, not France. However, it is the pattern of the beading that is seldom seen on bags from this genre. The pattern screams Art Deco and if you are a fan of that time, you will be astounded by the design of the beads. Let’s start at the beginning. The bag is small to medium size, it is a clutch,there isn’t any chain. The shape is usual with the bottom being wider than the top. There isn’t any frame. The beads used are small white seed beads, champagne colored larger beads and some lighter blush colored beads. Keeping the colors close together within the same hue creates a soft and aristocratic look. The larger beads have the look of pearls, they have a slight opalescent shine but they are not faux pearls. The pattern is swirl upon swirl. Curves, loops, turns, spirals all meander in a circuitous manner. The pattern culminates in a grand symmetrical design. It is amazing. The bag opens and closes with an ornate clasp made of faux pearls and rhinestones. There are concentric circles of champagne colored faux pearls and bezel set rhinestones. The center is a large rhinestone and it is heightened by the layers of pearls and rhinestones underneath.. This gives the bag depth and dimension. The clasp closes with a secure snap. The inside is lined with a light ivory colored satiny fabric. There are two open pockets, one containing an original mirror. The cloth “Josef” label is affixed inside. The inside has some vintage indications as there are make up spots especially on the bottom. The measurements are 9”w x 5 1/2”h x 1+”d.
The bag is in great condition. There are 3 missing beads that I only discovered on my third go around of the bag and there is a tiny red mark on the thread connecting a few beads, a little tarnish on the bag of the clasp on the metal. None of this is a big deal. I see such beauty in this bag. Although gorgeous when just seen in a fleeting glance, if looked at carefully,it is a wonder. Of course, I’m not surprised since it is by Josef! Condition: Excellent - VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Josef Mid Century Beaded Clutch with Ornate Clasp Deco Vibe