Vintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted DecorationVintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted Decoration

What a striking and unique purse from the mid century. It is a bag by a company named Mayfair but I could not find any information on "Mayfair Handbags." There was scant information on a mid century jewelry company named Mayfair. Could it be that the jewelry company created this bag (jewelry companies often dabbled in handbags) especially since the focal point of this bag is a high end jewelry quality large medallion consisting of stones, enameling and a hand painted portrait? In addition, this medallion is very similar to Czechoslovakian jewelry of the mid century and it has that vibe. Could this be? Who knows but nevertheless this bag is unusual and statement making. The bag is sort of oval shaped and it is on the small side. The bottom is wider than the top and it is very rounded. It is covered with a plush black velvet that is soft to the touch. The black color can be worn with either black or brown since the color could be seen as the deepest sable brown. The fabulous medallion is attached to the rectangular clasp which clicks open when the medallion is lifted. The medallion could be a brooch or a pin. It is very large measuring 1 1/2"h x 1 1/4"w. It is oval shape and is convex, meaning it bulges outwards. This gives the medallion depth and dimension. The medallion is a shiny antiqued gold tone metal and there are concentric ovals throughout the piece. At the outer rim there are multi colored paste round stones each set in a decorative bezel. The colors are blue, green, purple,and red and there are small white enameled flowers interspersed between the stones. The piece de resistance is the hand painted portrait of a aristocratic young lady from olden days. She is finely detailed with jewelry and her head dress is delicately depicted. Her facial features are elegantly painted and she seems to be looking forward with a subtle smile. The predominant colors are green, brown and blush all against a black background. The medallion is fabulous and creates a huge statement to the visual appearance of the bag. The back of the bag has a hand strap to carry the bag. The frame is covered with the velvet. Once opened the inside of the bag is covered with a black grosgrain fabric. There is a coin purse that is attached in the middle. The "Mayfair Handbags" cloth label is attached inside. There is an open slip pocket. The inside is very clean. The purse measures 9"w x 5"h x 1"d. The purse is in great condition. There is some fabric wear especially on the frame but it really cannot be seen since the color underneath is black. There also are some scuffs on the back. This bag is so dramatic looking because the portrait is such a beguiling object of beauty. This quality of medallion is rarely seen on purses and consequently this purse is a rare mid century treasure. Condition: Excellent - VINTAGE Condition

ITEM ID
RL-2359
COLOR
Black, Brown
FASHION STYLE
Designer
FASHION ERA
1950's
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

Vintage Velvet Purse with Jeweled and Hand Painted Decoration

$140

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