#2428  Pettipoint Bag  
c. 1930


Sterling frame with gold wash, amber colored cabochons, multi-colored wool embroidery floss, canvas cloth, taupe silk faille lining and small purse, glass mirror.

Label:  Frame stamped, "Sterling".

Condition: Excellent. Minor flaws are hardly noticeable: tiny hole in center scene, slight wear at bottom corners and light wear to lining.

Measurements: Ht, 6"; Wd, 8".

Comments: Pettipoint bags of this quality and condition are exceedingly scarce. I'm not sure whether the cabochon clasp on the sterling frame is glass or semi-precious stones. The 17th century pastoral scene worked in tiny pettipoint is identical front and back. In the foreground among other figures one finds a mother and child in a flower garden, a man raking his vegetable garden and a woman with a basket of fruit.  In the background is a forest with a castle in the distance. The whole jewel-like scene is framed by a fantastic floral border. Exquisite!