Here's another numismatics-related exhibit to visit in Paris. A new two-room exhibit at the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) highlights
coin purses from the collection of Claudette Joannis and Henri Joannis Deberne. I learned about it in an article in the June 13, 2019
CoinsWeekly. Here's the descption from the Monnaie de Paris site. -Editor
Monnaie de Paris, as a creator of coins, naturally takes interest in ‘treasure troves' which have fulfilled the role of containing money
and sometimes various other objects throughout the ages. Features of everyday life and indicators of social status, purses, coin purses invite
discussion surrounding societal life over the centuries, and more specifically the 19th century, as well as providing an illustration of ‘Parisian
Surprisingly, never in France has an entire exhibition been dedicated to purses. The aesthetic quality of these objects necessitates an approach
which looks beyond their practicality. Henri Joannis-Deberne's collection has never before been exhibited. Covering the period 1830 to 1930, it will
be shown for the first time alongside purses on loan from French museums and from leather goods and jewellery houses. These objects date from the
20th century, a period when the purse, much like the handbag, became a fashion accessory of major contemporary brands.
The over 200 different pieces which will be exhibited are made of various materials (tortoise shell, wood, ivory, mother-of-pearl, fabric,
metal, shells, leather, etc.) and come from many different parts of the world (France, Austria, England, Italy, Russia, etc.) Many associated jobs
and trades - fine cabinet makers, goldsmiths, jewellers - have gone through training to create this type of object. Finally, coins from the Monnaie
de Paris collection will be presented alongside these purses.
For more information, see:
Chic and practical, the art of the purse
To read the CoinsWeeklyarticle, see:
Chic and Practical – The Art of the Coin Purse
Wayne Homren, Editor
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