Woman's purse



Height x width: 19.1 x 25.4 cm (7 1/2 x 10 in.)

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Silk satin with supplementary weft patterning floats, brass(?) frame with onyx handle, brass filigree clasp inset with two pierced white jades and one polished cabochon orange stone.

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s clutch made of imported Japanese silk fabric - purple satin ground with brown, gold and cream pattern wefts forming a paulownia flower (kiri) and tortoise shell (kikko-mon) design. Brass (?) frame, onyx handle, and brass clasp set with three stones - two pierced and incised white jades and one polished cabochon orange stone. Lined with cream moire silk fabric. Patent stamped on underside of clasp “US Patent No. 1642836” for handbag clasps, invented by Dezsco Balazs of San Francisco, CA, registered September 20, 1927.


Inheritated from the donor's grandmother; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sutter to the MFA, September 19, 2007

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Gift of Mary Lou and Robert C. Sutter