National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Beaded Handbag Beaded Handbag
Rendered by Ray Price (artist), c. 1938
watercolor and pen and ink on paper
overall: 42.5 x 33.8 cm (16 3/4 x 13 5/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.2151
Not on View
From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 13 of 26

This handbag was made about 1850 in New Orleans. It is crocheted in black cotton, beaded, and has cut steel and jet ball trimmings. The design and decorative detail reflect a general taste in costume and the decorative arts at this time, which was more exuberant and less constrained than taste of the previous decade.

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