Property from an Important Family Collection
SUEDE PURSE, ANNE-MARIE OF FRANCE, PARIS
Designed as an ice bucket with Champagne bottle, topped with lucite ice cubes, the black suede exterior inscribed Champagne, Reims, France, opening to reveal a large interior compartment and interior pocket, signed Anne-Marie, 228, Rue de Rivoli, Hôtel Meurice, Paris; circa 1965.
Sold in Anne-Marie's shop in the Hôtel Meurice, the Champagne bucket purse was also gifted to VIP guests of the hotel, placed in their suites to be found on their arrival.
In good condition given the age of this piece. The gilt metal frame with light scratches, scuffs and small areas of discoloration commensurate with age and use. The lucite ice cubes with dust and areas of yellowed adhesive. The black suede exterior in good condition, with minor fading, and a possible area of repair towards the back of the Champagne bottle, only visible under close inspection. The interior in very good condition. Overall dimensions approximately 10 x 7¾ x 4 inches. Photocopy of correspondence with Anne Marie, dated 8 January 1962 and 18 October 1968, available upon request.
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For another example of this Champagne bucket purse see Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style, Smithsonian Books, ed. Kathryn Hennessey, page 294.