Property from an Important Family Collection
SUEDE PURSE, ANNE-MARIE OF FRANCE, PARIS
Designed as a telephone with rotary dial, the front inscribed 'Anne-Marie, Paris, Ope. 44-39', opening to reveal a large compartment with interior pocket, signed Anne-Marie, 228, Rue de Rivoli, Hôtel Meurice, Paris; circa 1960.
Located on the ground floor of the grand Hôtel Meurice, Anne-Marie created fantastic surrealist novelty purses for Paris' elite. A version of this purse belongs in The New York Metropolitan Museum collection (accession no. 2010.251a–c).
In good condition given the age of this piece. The gilt metal purse frame with scratches and surface wear commensurate with age and use. The black suede exterior with minor fading. The accordion folds on the inside lining bearing some loose threads. The interior in otherwise good condition. Purse opens from the back. Lift tab and back door hinges open. Overall dimensions approximately 7 x 5 x 9½ inches.
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