Papier-mâché bag

Silk-covered papier-mâché handbag with steel frame, France, 1820-1830
Shape
Urn like
inspiration
classic
Year
1820-1830

Papier-mâché reticules were a brief trend between the mid-1820s and the early 1830s.

Papier-mâché, made of pulped paper and glue, proved an affordable and versatile material that could be moulded into any shape. Surviving bags vary in appearance- some leave the paper on display, whilst others, such as this example, are covered with silk. This bag has been moulded into the shape of a Classical urn. Whilst there is little in the way of written accounts, the style for bags with a rigid form can be traced through fashion plates.

 

On permanent display in the Museum of Bags.

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