Instantly recognized as a Rafael Sanchez, this wooden purse has all the iconic characteristics of this artist's brand. Rafael Sanchez is known for his unusually shaped hand painted wooden purses with unique floral or abstract designs. His items started to appear in the 1980's in luxury stores. He also created costume jewelry. Infrequently he used other materials and but it is his wooden purses that are his signature items. They remain highly collectible and are still in demand. This purse is rectangular in shape with a lot of curves....it is held vertically. The wood is painted a deep ebony black that has a glossy shine. The design is on one side only and is an abstract floral. It is painted in bold and strong colors of reds, oranges and yellows. The design extends onto the back. It is very striking and has a tropical feeling. Now the bag has two parts, a top and a bottom, which can be separated. The bag closes with a elastic string that hooks onto a small black bead. When opened the two parts are still connected since the opposite side connects via silk cord that attaches to both the top and the bottom The cord has two thick tassels at the end. By the way, the painted palette extends into the inside of the bag. The bottom part of the bag has a black grosgrain lining and the "Rafael Sanchez" fabric label is affixed on the inside of the top part of the bag.
There is a long knotted twisted black carry strap with a drop of 22". The bag measures 8 1/2"h x 4 1/2"w x 1 1/2"d. Even though the bag was used, it remains in great vintage condition. There are some scuffs on the wood as well as a couple of small indentations. Nothing that detracts from the beauty of this item. It is priced accordingly. Definitely a looker, it will outshine any outfit. Tropical, sensual, unusual, created by a master! Wearable art! Condition: Very Good +++ VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Rafael Sanchez Hand Painted Wooden Purse With Floral Design