FRENCH ART DECO BEAUTIFUL BEADED & SILK SMALL PURSE CLUTCH

by Boris Jean Lacroix for Madeleine Vionnet
France, circa 1928


H 4.73 in. x W 7.68 in. x D 0.2 in.

This is a rare and precious rectangular evening bag/clutch with flap.
It is entirely adorned with cylindrical glass beads; pearlescent and anthracite. The abstract design is based on Spirals and star constellations. It has a silk interior with smaller coin purse and mirror.
It is marked Madeleine Vionnet, from the stamp to the gold inside the bag.

This purse was designed and created by Boris Jean Lacroix for Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975). Vionnet was a French Fashion designer. She trained in London then returned to Paris to open her first fashion house there in 1912. In 1924, Lacroix was appointed art director of the House. From 1924 to 1937, he designed furniture, logos, printed textiles, handbags, accessories and took part in the planning of Vionnet's perfumes. The Vionnet Company is still in business today.

Literature: Madeleine Vionnet - Jacqueline Demornex, Editions du Regard, Paris, 1990. An evening bag, from the same series and with the same decorative treatment in cylindrical beads, reproduced on page 79.

(Relative work: An evening bag of the same series and with the same decorative treatment in cylindrical beads is kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.)

$30,000 - Inv. #1519