• Fernande Desgranges Crocodile Skin Handbag 1950s

    A beautiful Fernande Desgranges crocodile skin handbag in a box style, made of gold colour lacquered metal frame, crocodile skin and kid leather. The interior of the bag is lined in kid leather with a stud fastened pocket on one side and a zipped pocket on the other. The fittings, stitching and handle are all in very good order. The designer's stamp appears inside as Geneve Paris Nice, Fernande Desgranges, Made in France, Depose. 'Depose' means that this is a 'registered design'. Quite simply, a vintage handbag of distinction.

    Fernande Desgranges was a talented and innovative designer who was active in the late 1940s to at least 1967. His creations range from evening coats, dresses, bracelets and bags of very high quality. Apart from the use of crocodile skin, he also made bags made in lizard skin, calf skin leather and in a leather and fabric combination. The construction of this crocodile skin bag bears a lot of similarity to other examples found. The emphasis is on quality manufacture.

    Museums are beginning to acquire some of his designs. A leather and metal bracelet from the 1940s is amongst the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Further information, price and availabilty from Art & Furniture Revival. www.artandfurniturerevival.co.uk


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