Rare and Exquisite Antique Petitpoint Bag
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Directory: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1910: Item # 99120
GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
Sold; thank you! $475.
Price of $475 includes insured shipping anywhere in the U.S.
I'm calling this gorgeous evening bag Edwardian based on clasp shape and the prevalence of marcasites, but it could as easily be Victorian. The lavish detail of its frame (including dainty scalloped edging and inlay that appears to be mother-of-pearl) suggests a *very* early dating. Even the frame's reverse and interior are prettily chased and the fineness of the chain is something that hasn't typically been seen for a *very* long time. Certainly this lovely item is antique, not just vintage (even by European standards), and yet its condition is magnificent: not perfect, but really awe-inspiring.
Besides beauty, this purse has size going for it; it's about 9" wide and almost 6" deep (not counting the large, marcasite-crusted clasp, which adds almost another inch. The pattern of beautiful ladies in a Classical garden appears on both front and back. This is a bag you'll be extremely proud to carry on the most special occasions or give to someone dear. It's also an investment-grade collectible item, of course.
Thanks for looking!