Vintage French Tambour Embroidered Black Satin 1940s Purse

Vintage French Tambour Embroidered Black Satin 1940s Purse


Exquisite, pristine vintage Made in France Black satin embroidered purse from John Wanamakers. This bag features delicate Tambour Point de Beauvais stitched flowers and vines in an array of ombre tones from watermelon to peach to mint to robin’s egg blue against a black satin background. Embroidery motif continues on the back of the bag. The clasp features bezel set cabochons with detailed hand painted figural elements. Off white satin interior, gold tone hardware and snake chain handle can be tucked into bag to make it into a clutch.

9.5” W bottom 6” W top 6” H

Tambour is an ancient form of embroidery (and also beadwork) that uses a hook tool to punch and pull thread through both sides of fabric stretched taut in a circular frame creating a braided chain stitch. It was a hobby of ladies of leisure in France in the 1700s as it was easy to execute while engaged in conversation. Tambour embroidery was likely introduced to the French through trade to India. In 1834 a machine was developed that made quick work of this technique and it fell out of favor with hobbyists.

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