This item sold on July 24, 2012.
This absolutely lovely and very rare handcrafted French Beaded Antique white bridal bag could be one of the loveliest bridal purses ever. A true family heirloom and an absolute treasure indeed.
The beading is in the manner of well-known masters SN EPIC FRE-MOR who was known for their collection of beaded bags in the 1940's. The style is very Art Nouveau ('Belle Epoque') but as this bag was created in the 1940's it was a traditional, or retrospective piece whilst at the same time utterly Parisian and utterly 1940.
Finely crafted, gold-colored (untested for gold content) metal mounting. There is gorgeous Art Nouveau style detailing on the metal. The beads are colorless and milk-white glass. The crystals are Bakelite and diamond-shaped. The cream-colored lining is silk. Wonderful solid gold colored metal chain and handle. There is a great flip-top lid. Inside, there are two sewn labels: "FABIENNE, 208th Paris rue de Rivoli" and "hand made in France".
Height approximately: 5.11" (13 cm).
Width approximately: 7.5" (19 cm).
Overall, this bag is in very good condition with no damage. Four diamonds are missing (they are hardly noticeable or you can very easily restore these). Inner fabric is in good antique condition with a few dusty marks but nothing at all serious. There are a few hardly noticeable brown marks on the beads on one side of the bag. The bead work appears to be in absolutely perfect condition. It is some of the finest beadwork I've ever seen, really stunning.
Just ideal for a vintage themed or classic wedding. It could also be used as an exquisite hand bag for a special evening, (the opera, theater, dinner or opening).
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