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Mandalian Art Nouveau Enamel Mesh Purse

Vintage Mesh Handbag With Enameled Drops

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Thank you for reviewing this beautiful and dynamic Mandalian enameled mesh purse. The radiant blue-green background is especially wonderful and the deeper turquoise blue and gold floral pattern contrasts very well, all creating a extremely lovely appearance. The enamel artwork is completely reminiscent of the Art Nouveau era, helping to date this purse to the early 1900's.



My photos are very good and show the colors as best as I could  display them, especially on the close-up pictures. The background tone is a definite blue, however, you may see the tone as being a bit greenish as well. The interior of the floral petals are a rich gold enamel and the outer edges of the petals and stems are a deep and glowing blue turquoise. The colors are strong and the enamel is well applied. There are only very small paint losses in a couple of places, under the hinges where the tiles rub on the metal and toward the bottom on one side, there seems to be something amiss on portions of about 3 tiles, like something rubbed onto the enamel, nothing too naughty or obvious but want to mention for accuracy. The enamel paint maintains it's sheen and I consider this purse to be in very good to excellent overall condition. The mesh is tight to the frame at all points, no gaps at the hinges and no structural flaws.


The silver toned frame is well embossed with another expression from the Art Nouveau era. The center has two cornucopias with flowing florals and lots of other swirly designs. The shape of the frame has soft lines and is in excellent condition with no bends, it closes and opens as it should. I have given the metal a gentle cleaning in order to reduce the old tarnish, distinguish it's fascinating details and reveal it's true character. The interior of the frame is signed by the Mandalian Manufacturing Co. and it is unlined, as most of these mesh bags were. The hinges and clasp are both in solid working order. Structurally, this purse is in great condition and nothing wrong that I detect.


The bottom V-shape of the purse is accentuated with 5 enameled drops. These drops have a little paint wear here and there, as is to be expected and is considered common wear on purses with this feature, with the most wear being on the bottom drop, particularly on one side. This fantastic vintage Mandalian mesh purse measures over 7 inches from the tip of the clasp to the bottom of the center drop by 3⅞ across the frame and the bright silver chain handle drops the purse by 5 inches. Please consider adding this delightful Mandalian enameled mesh purse to your treasury of finer antique handbags. I do believe you will be very pleased with this Art Nouveau enameled mesh bag, it's a pretty one and the condition is very good.


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