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French Designer Embroidered Evening Purse

Handbag Made In France For Josef, ca. 1940

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Vintage Josef beaded embroidered evening purse enameled frame 

You will find it easy to love and admire this Josef  designer white beaded evening purse, hand made in France during the approx. 1940 era. This purse has an abundance of Tambour embroidery, executed in the Point de Beauvais stitch and brought to completion as only the French are known for accomplishing.


 1940 1950 Josef white beaded and embroidered handbag  Josef vintage evening handbag purse

The background is a small milky white semi- translucent glass bead, which are hand stitched closely together. Portrayed amongst the beading is an intricate and intense infusion of Tambour embroidery, masterfully finished in soft feminine pastels. This purse is well constructed and has a medium soft hand but it is not too soft and properly stuffed with tissue, it maintains excellent shape. It has been professionally and thoroughly cleaned for you, it is divine and ready for your enjoyment. This charming evening bag will receive many compliments as it has a unique personality, as do all of the vintage Josef bags. The workmanship shows all of the expertise of the French artisans and the condition is what you would hope it to be. Both sides of this purse are decorated in the same exact fashion and my photos are representing the purse very well.

 Josef beaded purse embroidery and enameled frame   

The purse is crowned with an elaborately decorated gold tone frame and includes a stunning presentation of French enameling, bead work and faux pearls. The colors of the purse, in combination with the frame, all come together in perfect harmony and include shades of blue, pink, coral, green, peach and various others. All of my photos show these characteristics very well and the colors are very eye-catching, just the right tone, not too stark. The frame opens and closes as it should with a lift up to open clasp, also beaded and enhanced with pearls. The pearls are in good condition and show wee, if any, aging or loss of sheen. The purse is well attached to the frame at all points and suffers no structural or design flaws.


The interior bright ivory satin lining is in very fine, clean condition, showing little or no aging. It has dual pockets, a lipstick slot and it's Josef designer label. In addition, and as part of the history of this purse, I have left an attached paper label from a previous owner, MRS. HAROLD MCALISTER of Los Angeles, California. The label is faded but still readable. Another wonderful and rare feature of this elegant evening handbag is the fully beaded and embroidered handle. It is in fabulous condition and drops the purse by over 5 inches. Stuffed with tissue this purse measures generously at 7 inches in height, 8 inches at it's widest, 7 across the frame and the side gusset is about 1 1/2 inches wide. This is a lovely sized evening purse and will carry your essential adequately. This approx. 1940's French Josef beaded evening purse is in marvelous condition, no damages, negatives or apologies. Please consider this fascinating and dynamic purse, it's a vintage fashion wardrobe accessory that will carry well to many occasions.

Vintage Josef fully beaded and embroidered purse  1940 1950 Josef vintage designer evening purse

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