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Figural Beaded Purse rosette Amazing Figural Rare Scene of Horse & Rider Beaded Purse with Fabulous Jeweled Frame and Handle and Crown Jeweled Clasp ... Super Large Size! New Listing!

This rare beauty features a lovely scene on the front and back of a horse and rider in full riding outfit complete with boots.  There is even a castle atop a mountain in the background!  I cannot say enough about the magnificent frame on this one.  It has a beautiful filigreed frame set with two large malachite cabochon jewels on each corner and a matching one on the drop pendant.  There are small ruby and sapphire jewels surrounding each of the corners and a small ruby under the pendant.  The high crown clasp has the same rubies and sapphires surrounding a LARGE amber stone which I believe is genuine amber (not being a gemologist I can't swear to this, but it certainly looks real to me).  There are 25 jewels in the frame all together.  To top it all off, there are two emerald glass faceted jewels in the chain handle with fancy caps on either end.  It is just gorgeous!  The inside is newly relined in a deep blue to match the blue in the beads and is finished with a lovely french silk rose trim.  The fringe is beautifully done in interlocking twisted beads in the colors of the purse with black, blue, turquoise, lilac, and silver.  Condition is excellent with possibly a bead or two missing but I honestly don't see any.  The right corner malachite stone has a slight chip on it that I didn't notice until now mainly because it doesn't show up easily and can be felt more than seen.  This is a very large purse measuring 7-1/4" wide at the frame x 8-1/4" wide at the bottom x almost 16" long from clasp to fringe. 

First time offered! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,450 including s/h*

#1083

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Stunning! Figural Recreation of Nicolas Lancret's "La Camargo Dancing" with Fabulous Jeweled Frame and Crown Jeweled Clasp

I have had this fabulous purse in my personal collection since 2009 and it is a design I have seen only on compacts; I have never had it on a purse.  The scene is taken from a famous painting done by Nicolas Lancret in 1730 entitled "La Camargo Dancing".  The frame is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen with it's high "crown" jeweled clasp.  There are enameled accents between the gemstones which are in varying shapes and colors.  The interior is lined in original green silk with ruched pocket and coin purse ... the lining does have several splits but it is still intact overall.  The fringe is lushly done in twisted interlocking loops in the colors of the purse.  The beads on the purse are in different sizes and this is done for contrast (see close-ups).  The body of the purse is in very good condition overall.  As for apologies, there aren't many but I will point out what I know.  There is a very early repair done right beneath the lady's elbow on the front left side which will be visible in the close-ups. There is one tiny jewel missing in the center of the enameled daisy on the right top corner.  There are some areas of enamel loss in the frame which aren't obvious unless you are looking for them.  The clasp when viewed from the side tilts forward at an angle.  For whatever reason, this is the way it was made and it looks perfectly fine from the front. The purse is a nice size measuring  Measures 7-1/2" wide x almost 12" long from top of clasp to bottom of fringe.

First time offered! (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,750 including s/h*

#15256

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Fabulous Rare Aesop's Fable "The Crow and The Fox" French Steel-cut Beaded Purse with Marcasite Jeweled and Enameled Frame

This fantastic purse has been a prized possession of mine for many years and I have never tired of it.  Steel-cut beaded purses are usually always in rather bad shape with faded colors or rusted beads.  This one is near mint ... it is just as vibrant as the day it was made.  The colors never show up in pictures as beautiful as they look in person but trust me when I tell you it almost glows ... especially the coppery orange beads.  And the aqua lake is gorgeous with the colors picked up in the leaves overhead.  As the fable goes, the crow has a piece of cheese in his beak which the fox wants. So he flatters the crow into singing a tune at which point, naturally, the cheese is dropped.  Moral of the story is basically do not trust flatterers!  The purse is topped with a green enameled frame set with dozens of marcasite jewels with matching clasp.  Both sides of the purse have the same picture just with the image in reverse on the back.  It is finished off with a shaped bottom and long single strand fringes.  Inside the purse has a dove gray lining which looks so good I would think it was a newer replacement but there is no indication of that at all. Based on the overall condition of the purse, I  would assume it has never been used and that the lining is actually original to the piece.  They really don't get much better than this and it is with mixed emotions that I have decided to part with it.  The purse measures almost 6" wide at the frame x 10-3/4" long from clasp to tip of fringe.  I will include a copy of the fable with the purse.

Never before listed!  (Click on pic for more photos.)

$3,250 including s/h*

#14512

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Figural Beaded Purse rosetteFantastic Rare Figural French Steel-cut Beaded Purse with Insects and Flowers in Rich Jeweltone Colors and Lattice Fringe

Here is another purse that has been a prize in my collection for many years.  I have always loved the subject matter, not so much that it is bugs but that it is such a rare design and highly collectable because of that.  In all my years of collecting, I have never come across another.  And what makes this one so stunning is the vibrancy of the colors.  The background is a very bright gold with silver flecks running through it and the flies are a rich emerald green and red.  In each lower corner is a matching red flower with emerald green leaves.  Both sides of the purse are the same.  The fringe is done in the same colors of the purse in an intricate latticework design.  There are two or three areas that look like they may have been early repairs but they are intact and not bothersome at all.  The frame is an emblssed brass with a wreath pendant.  Inside the original lining is all intact with a braided border trim and a little ruched pocket.  The condition of the purse is superb with no damage whatsover to the body of the purse on either side.  It measures 6-3/8" wide x 12" long from clasp to fringe tip.

Previously listed at $2,999. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,750 including s/h*

#9144

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Figural Beaded Purse rosette Lady on Swing Romantic Figural Beaded Purse with Jeweled Frame and Intricate Latticework Fringe

This stunning figural beaded purse is a take on the famous Fragonard "the Swing".  This purse depicts almost the identical scene of a lady in a lush garden setting being pushed on a swing by a courtly gentleman.  All that is missing is the other fellow on the ground in front of her (who was said to be peeping up her skirts ... perhaps better left off!).  Beadwork is all in excellent condition and it is done in two diferent types of beads to give texture and contrast to the scene (see close-up to see what I mean).  The fringe is done in the colors from the purse in an intricate latticework design.  The frame is exceptional with carnelian cabochons as well as cut faux rubies set into a raised floral embossed backing.  The only damage is the cabochon on the far left is cracked but still intact.  Interior retains original lining in near perfect condition (there are two pockets and one is partially detached and should be stitched back on to be perfect, but this is very minor).  Two full bodied swans hold the chainlink handle.  All in all, a stunning purse that would be a showpiece in any collection!   Measures 6" wide x 12" long!

Previously listed at $2,999. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,450 including s/h*

#14322

SOLD

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Outstanding Rare Country Scene with Horse & Cart, Trinity Plate Jeweled Frame, Unusual Pink Background

This is without a doubt one of my very favorite purses and one I have sought for many years having seen it only once at an antique show long ago.  I just love the rare country scene of a lane leading to a carriage house with a horse in full gallop leading high wagon.  The driver can be seen with his whip in the air.  Purple snow-capped mountains grace the background and trees frame the foreground.  There appears (at least to me) to be a woman holding a child sitting on a bench alongside the lane awaiting the arrival of her hubby. The entire scene is surrounded in a narrow border in red and yellow.  Surrounding this is a wide border of flowers followed by another border of pink with red designs. Topping off the purse is a sapphire jeweled Trinity Plate frame (signed inside) that has matching jewels in the chain handle (six more jewels on each side for a total of 12 in the chain handle alone). And the fringe is the prettiest you'll find ... all done in colors from the purse in tightly twisted interlocking loops ... it is truly exquisite!  Interior has blue silk lining with ruched pocket and French ribbon roses braiding.  Overall the entire purse is in impeccable condition with no damage anywhere. Measures 7-1/2" wide x 12" long overall.

Previously listed at $4,500. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$3,500 including s/h*

#12985

SOLD

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Figural Courting Couple Micro-Beaded Purse with Jeweled Trinity Plate Frame

Here we have a really gorgeous figural micro-beaded purse depicting a courting couple in a park surrounded by flowers and trees.  The lady has flowers in her lap and is holding a garland of pink flowers aloft in her right hand ... looks like a ring of flowers that she would put on her hair.  Purse is topped off with a beautiful filigreed Trinity Plate frame with 12 emerald jewels and 6 more in the stand-up filigreed clasp.  There is one stone missing in the clasp and one on either corner of the purse ... I will try to replace these if I can find a match. Fringe is beautifully done in tightly interlocking twisted loops in colors that match the purse.  Interior is lined in beige silk with braided trim.  Beadwork is in excellent condition with no apologies that I can see ... there may be a bead or two missing on the body but they are so tiny that you would need a glass to find them.  I certainly can't see them!  Measures 6-1/2" wide at frame x 10-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $3,250. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,450 including s/h*

#12644

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Figural Beaded Purse with Lushly Ornate Jeweled Frame

This is a stunning figural beaded purse and one of the finest I've ever seen.  The beads are so tiny they defy counting ... look like tiny pin spots of color!  This is an exceptionally large purse ... the size is 8" wide at the frame and almost 13" long to bottom of fringe.  This is one of those purses that leaves tiny areas unbeaded to give contrast and dimension ... this can be seen in the enlarged close-up ... look closely at the girl's skirt.  This is not bead loss but rather a method of knitting the purse to deliberately give it depth of design.  The colors are all vivid and bright and I can't say enough about it.  Look at the intricately twisted fringe that picks up colors from the purse ... just gorgeous!  Pictures speak for themselves on this one ...

Previously listed at $3,995. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$3,295 including s/h*

#13240

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Famous Rialto Bridge Scenic Venetian Beaded Purse with Fabulous Jeweled Frame - Exceptionally Large Size!

As Venetian beaded scenic purses go, this is the one that everybody seeks out.  Picturing the famous Rialto Bridge complete with gondola passing beneath.  The buildings along the waterfront behind the bridge can be seen reflected in the water. The gondolier can clearly be seen with paddle outstretched.  This beautifully done bag is created with the tiniest of Venetian glass beads.   Now to the frame:  an exquisite creation of filigreed brass with a myriad of jewels and enameled decorations.  The stand-up clasp features a large abalone jeweled center and the drop pendant has a large green cabochon.  Interior has been relined in green silk.  Fringe is done in the same colors as the purse ... scan makes it look white, but it matches the background.  All in all, this purse is in excellent condition with no bead loss or damage that I could discern.  Measures a large 8" wide x 14-1/2" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $3,950. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,950 including s/h*

#9137

SOLD

Scenic  Beaded Purse rosette Venetian Beaded Scenic Castle Purse with Spectacular Jeweled and Enameled Frame

Wow!  What a killer this one is!  Venetian beaded purse depicting a castle on a hill overlooking the water ... steps can be seen leading down the the covered dock with elegant walls surrounding the property.  A sailboat can be seen on the horizion and the gardens and walls are reflected in the water.  But just look at that frame!  One of the fanciest clasps I have ever seen with jewels and enameling all over.  The topaz jewel in the center of the filigreed clasp is a full 1" diameter!  Even the chain handle has filigreed beads and jewels.  Interior is lined in baby blue wilk with pink and green French ribbon rose trim.  Finished off in multi-color tightly twisted interlocking beaded fringe, this one is to die for!  In excellent condition with only a very faint stain in the sky on the back ... barely noticeable (visible in back pic).   Measures 7" wide at frame , 7-1/2" wide at bottom, x 13" long.

Previously listed at $3,900. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,750 including s/h*

#11009

SOLD

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Scenic Beaded Purse Featuring Canal in Carpet Border Design with Crown Jeweled Clasp

This is a truly stunning beaded purse picturing a canal scene with buildings and boats.  Lush and vivid colors  with just about every shade being used.  Scene is set in a carpet border design of diamonds  in different colors and designs.  The frame is richly filigreed on both sides and is topped off with a large filigree crown jeweled clasp that is a killer!  Interior is lined in black silk with gold trim.  Beadwork on front is in perfect condition; back has an early professional repair to the building on the back side ... very well done and barely noticeable.  This is a wonderful purse that would enhance even the finest collection.   Measures 6" wide at frame, 7" wide at bottom, and almost 12" long from clasp to fringe.

Previously listed at $3,250. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,250 including s/h*

#10799

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Figural Micro-Beaded Continuous Scene Purse with Filigreed Jeweled Frame ~ Made in Austria ~

This stunning purse was just acquired from a private collector.  Austrian purses are among the finest in the world and this one is a perfect example.   The killer frame is set with 43 jewels and 8 seed pearls!  Minuscule beads are intricately knit to show a castle with river ... int he foreground you can see a gentleman on one knee proposing to his lady.  In the background is a bench and another house.  The back of the purse continuous the scene and shows the BACK of the castle and house with the lake the river feeds from.  This is a totally extraordinary design unlike any I have seen!  Interior is lined in creamy white silk with French ribbon rose border.  Fringe is intricately worked in several color changes picking up all the shades of the purse.  One of the finest examples I have ever owned.  Marked "Made in Austria" on frame inside.  Measures 6-1/2" wide x 10" long.

Previously listed at $3,950. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,799 including s/h*

#11007

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Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Venetian Scenic Beaded Purse w/Snow Capped Mountains, Castle, Water, Boat and Spectacular Jeweled and Enameled Frame

This is an absolutely killer scenic beaded purse done in Venetian beads so tiny they are like fine grains of sand.  Featuring a turquoise blue sky over snow-capped mountains with a castle in the foreground, lake on the right, and boat alongshore. There are gates to the garden on the left and a gazebo with steps leading into the water. As if this isn't enough, theornate filigreed frame is set with jewels and enameled flowers and leaves and a large carnelian in the clasp. Lining is impeccable with flower trim. The fringe is finished in multiple colors from the purse and it is absolutely stunning!  The entire purse is in excellent condition with a few earlier, professional repairs exceptionally well done that don't detract at all from this fantastic piece.  A real attention getter!  Measures 7" wide x 12" along from tip to tip.

Previously listed at $2,950. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,250 including s/h*

#7654

SOLD

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Figural "Pied Piper of Hamlin" Micro-Beaded Purse with Rich Jeweled & Enameled Frame

This stunning purse was just acquired from a fellow collector ... it is a country scene featuring the Pied Piper of Hamlin with his flute, several animals, and a lady with her dog.  The frame is one of the prettiest I have seen with alternating blue and red stones and jewel-toned enameling draping between them.  Matching blue jewels set off the clasp.  Interior is lined in pale peach silk with matching braided trim.   The lush, thick fringe is done in green and blue tightly twisted interlocking beaded loops.   This beautiful purse is in mint condition to my eye ... not a single thing wrong!   Measures 7-7/8" wide x 11-3/4" long.

Previously listed at $3,500. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,500 including s/h*

#11209

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Figural "Cinderella" Beaded Purse with Fabulous Jeweled and Enameled Frame

Every time I look at this purse, I think of Cinderella.  To me, it looks as though the gentleman is holding up a slipper as he looks down at the lady's feet.  The frame on this one is just a killer ... beautifully filigreed with large cabochon carnelians sprinkled with tiny sapphire and emerald colored stones.  There are tiny 'rubies' set across the center and an 'emerald' in the pendant.  Interior is lined in pale pink silk with blue French ribbon rose trim.  The purse is finished off with tighly twisted interlocking fringe in five colors from the purse in gradient design for depth and contrast. To my eye, this entire purse is in perfect condition.  One of the rings that holds the handle has been re-soldered to the frame professionally ... it is not a detriment and I am only mentioning for accuracy.  This is a top-of-the-line purse that would be a showpiece in any collection! Measures 7" wide x 11" long.

Previously listed at $3,650. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,475 including s/h*

#11210

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Figural Micro-Beaded Romantic Courting Couple with Gazebo in Jeweled and Enameled Frame

Acquired from a private collector, this wonderful figural purse features a courting couple walking through a verdant garden with gazebo visible in the background.  Both are elegantly turned out and appear to be having a jolly time.  Knit in the tiniest of beads, this beauty looks like a painting.  Every color of the rainbow is visible!  The curved embossed gold frame is encrusted with dozens of jewels and set with tiny enameled flowers and leaves.  The chain handle has two blue jeweled beads and enamel rosettes.  Interior is lined with pale gold silk with a few splits but in good condition ... even has a  matching little coin purse!  There is a tiny ruched pocket and French ribbon roses around the border.  The outside of the purse is finished in beautiful intertwined fringe in alternating colors from the purse ... stunning!   With the exception of the lining, this purse is in perfect condition.  Measures a large 7-1/2" wide x 13" long.

Previously listed at $3,950. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,950 including s/h*

#11008

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Venetian Beaded Scenic Chateau de Chillon Castle w/ Figure in Gondola on Lake, Mountains in Background, Spectacular Jeweled Frame

Gorgeous Venetian beaded purse with a beautiful view of the famed Chateau de Chillon castle.  The castle is set in a mountain lake vista ... a gondola with a man can be seen in foreground.  The way the water is colored makes it look choppy beneath the gondola and the fringe makes it look like a waterfall that he is drifting towards ... very artistic and creative!  The purse is topped with a beautiful "braided" frame with 6 blue jewels picking up the colors of the lake.  Purse is newly lined in pink silk with beautiful French ribbon roses bordering it.  Scene is identical on both sides and entire purse is in mint condition with no repairs or bead loss anywhere!  Two full-figured swans hold the chainlink handle.  They just don't get any better than this!  Beads are so tiny they defy counting.   Measures 7" wide at frame x 11" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $2,650. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,150 including s/h*

#12484

Scenic Beaded Purse rosette Swiss Chalet Micro-Beaded Purse with Outstanding Jeweled Frame w/Venetian Glass Bead and Lattice Fringe

This is one of the most stunning scenic purses you will ever see.  A beautiful Swiss country estate nestled in the mountains reflecting into a lake in the foreground ... the tree beside the chalet also can be seen reflected in the water.   The ornate jeweled frame on this purse is absolutely to-die-for.  It has six large bullet-shaped malachite jewels with lustrous pearls in between.  And in the center, surrounded by lacy filigree, is a Venetian glass beaded jewel.  It is just fabulous!  The interior retains its original moire' lining with two ruched pockets and a zipper pocket for coins or valuables.  Now look at the fringe ... beautifull done in latticework with all the colors from the purse ... it is just fantastic!  Purse is in excellent condition throughout.  Back of purse has same design but frame is just embossed rather than jeweled. Large size ... meeasures 8" wide at frame x 13" long to bottom of fringe.

Previously listed at $2,650. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,150 including s/h*

#11262

Figural Beaded Purse rosette Romantic Couple Micro-Beaded Purse with Spectacular Jeweled and Enameled Frame + SHAMROCK on Filigreed Jeweled Clasp

This is a truly beautiful purse depicting a romantic couple ... the gent is placing a rose in the girl's hair ... how sweet!  A little lamb stands alongside looking on.  There is a fence in the background and a lake and mountain in the far distance on the left.  The purse is in very good condition ... only things worth mentioning are a couple of reinforced areas (very small) near the bottom edge.  The beadwork is all there but it feels as if it is a bit stiff.  This was how I bought it and I didn't even notice it until I felt it so it is really a non-issue.  The lining is still there but is partially shredded but still retains the matching mirror. Measures 6" across at the frame, 7-1/2" wide at fringe, and 11" from clasp to bottom of fringe. The stand-up jeweled clasp is 1-1/4" high.

Previously listed at $2,999. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$2,495 including s/h*

#13435

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