about 1900


Total Length: 381 mm (15 in.) Length (fringe): 241.3 mm (9 1/2 in.) Length (bag): 139.7 mm (5 1/2 in.) Length x width: 38.1 x 20.3 cm (15 x 8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Synthetic plastic, cotton crochet

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Brown crocheted handbag. Circular shape with long fringe at the bottom. Interior lined with brown cotton and decorated with row of small, colored silk flowers at top. Beige plastic link strap. Beige plastic closure at top resembling the body of a dragonfly surrounded by cattails. Closure fastened by attached plastic piece in the shape of a woman’s head. Closure resembles pendant designed by Rene LaLique, ‘Dragonfly Woman Corsage Ornament’ c.1897-1897 at the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Interior label: (imprinted on interior of platic closure) “MADE IN FRANCE”


Before 2012, sold to Jean S. Sharf, Chestnut Hill, MA; 2013, gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf to the MFA. (Accession date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf