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A Bakelite frame and silk handbag with 'bird and fish' motif, French, 1920s

About the Item

An exquisite handbag. Using an original 1920s French celluloid frame, a beautiful crafted handbag of original black patterned silk has been made anew for the bag. The frame imitates carved ivory (as did many early celluloid/Bakelite pieces from the 1920s, think of the jewelled snake bracelets etc), in the Japanese style, the fish resembling a carved netsuke, with the most striking and highly unusual motif of two sharp beaked birds vying for a single fish, the fish being the clasp, depressed to open the bag. Piped in chartreuse silk, beautifully lined in the same colour, with delicate flower trim, and black beads punctuating the frame where it joins the body of the bag, it has been made as the perfect match for the frame. This is highly original with a somewhat bizarre, fantastical subject!
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 7.5 in (19.05 cm)Width: 8 in (20.32 cm)Depth: 1.5 in (3.81 cm)Diameter: 9 in (22.86 cm)
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    Greyabbey, GB
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: FB08581stDibs: LU309215688982
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