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Earthly Delights: Judith Leiber Handbags

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Judith Leiber (born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary, in 1921) creates exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories that blur the boundaries between function and art. Most known for her semi-precious adorned minaudiéres or compact occasion cases, her oeuvre includes day bags, belts and pillboxes. The Leiber bags on view in the Shaftman Gallery are the result of the immense philanthropic generosity of Roanoke-based couple Sydney and Rosalie Krisch Shaftman. Sydney Shaftman gave his wife Rosalie a Leiber minaudiére in the 1980s, which began the impetus for collection that resulted in a gift of more than 130 minaudiéres and pillboxes to the Taubman Museum of Art from 2005 to 2008. Among the collection are two custom minaudiéres Mr. Shaftman commissioned Leiber to create for his wife, including an Inrō, inspired by Japanese nesting boxes with her name “Rosalie” set with gold, and a clutch with a star and the name of her hometown “Roanoke” emblazoned with white crystals on a jet beaded background. For additional information, visit TaubmanMuseum.org or call 540.342.5760.

Earthly Delights: Judith Leiber Handbags
  • 110 Salem Avenue SE
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
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  • Taubman Museum of Art
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