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Judith Leiber

Current Exhibitions

Earthly Delights: Judith Leiber Handbags "Gardens & Flowers"

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - Sunday, July 16, 2017

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 minaudières 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 a Roanoke-based couple, Sydney and Rosalie Krisch Shaftman.

Sydney gave his wife Rosalie a Leiber minaudière in the 1980s, which began the impetus for a collection that resulted in a gift of more than 130 minaudières and pillboxes to the Taubman Museum of Art from 2005 to 2008.

Leiber's designs range from the abstract to the whimsical, and the bags on display highlight her interest in floral and vegetable garden-inspired elements.

Considered one of the largest repositories of Judith Leiber bags in the United States, the Taubman Museum of Art is deeply indebted to the Shaftmans for their incredible generosity. Named in the donors’ honor, the Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman Gallery is a favorite for visitors.

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Top image: Floral Squares Pattern Clutch (detail), Undated, Swarovski crystals, gold plate

Bottom images, left to right, top to bottom:

Floral Clutch with Butterfly Clasp, Undated, Swarovski crystals and rhinestones on silver-toned metal

Scalloped Floral Box Handbag, 1989, Swarovski crystals, gold plate

Floral Squares Pattern Clutch, Undated, Swarovski crystals, gold plate

Floral Clutch with Butterfly Clasp, Undated, Swarovski crystals and rhinestones on silver-toned metal

Floral Sweetmeat Box Handbag, Undated, Swarovski crystals, gold plate

Small Flower Dot Clutch, Undated, Swarovski crystals, gold plate

Floral Hobo Bag, Undated, Swarovski crystal, gold plate

Flowered Rabbit Minaudiere, Undated, Swarovski crystals, gold plate

Flower and Trellis Pattern Handbag, Undated, Swarovski crystals, silver plate

Siamese and Floral Cat Minaudiere, Undated, Swarovski crystals, rubies, gold plate

All artworks Gifts of Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman