It is beyond amazing how Judith Leiber managed to incorporate semi precious jewels in her bags, mostly on the frames. So many styles and designs using sparkling stones, so many that there always is another one that I have never seen before. The degree of creativity is astonishing. This bag is very rounded. It is covered with the skins of the karung skins, a lizard skin that Leiber favored. It is dyed a light beige or putty. The scales are small and the trim that connects the panels is also of the karung skins. There is ruching resulting in gentle flowing pleats. The top of the bag is scalloped. The front and the back are exactly the same including the jeweled ornamentation, which is unusual since Leiber often only decorated the front side. The decoration consists of a thin gold tone metal bar which has hanging elements that have jewels set in gold in a rounded shape. The semi precious stones are circular and raised and they include black onyx, green jade, pink rose quartz, red carnelian, blue lapis, lazuli, brown tiger eye, purple amethyst, and white howlite(?). In addition there is a faux kiss clasp with each side having a round pink quartz stone. This is only a decoration and the purse actually closes with a internal kiss clasp. There is a jewelry quality gold tone serpentine chain with a drop of 20'. This chain connects to the bag via gold tone rings and toggle pieces at the end of the chain. The inside is lined with a light beige silk grosgrain fabric. There is one open slip pocket and the gold tone metal "Judith Leiber" identification panel is affixed inside. There are signs of usage but nothing really bad. The bag measures 9"w x 6"h x 1 1/2"d. The bag is in great condition with some very minor sings of use or age. It is in great shape considering that it is an early Leiber. I had never seen this version of Leiber's dressy bags. I think it is a rare example. It is visually appealing and can be dressed up or down. Sophisticated, smart, with just enough pizzazz. Another Leiber masterpiece! Condition: Excellent - VINTAGE Condition


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Vintage Leiber Karung Purse with Jewels


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