Chanel runway bags have long been situated at the top of collectors’ wishlists, but no other examples are more fiercely desired than the elaborate Matryoshka Dolls, of which Chanel has produced three equally rare versions. This example is from the 2012 Métiers d’Art runway show, which drew inspiration from the Indian city of Bombay. Composed of a sturdy black lucite body adorned with chains, pearls, crystals and an enamel Camelia flower, the face of the Paris-Bombay Doll features a crystal Bindi centered on the forehead, and a classic Chanel chain at the top of the head. The tasseled CC at the doll’s chest turns to open the bag. Examples of these are extremely rare and highly treasured by collectors. This piece has been kept in exceptional condition.
Where used in this sale the term "hardware" refers to the metallic parts of the bag, such as the buckle hardware, base studs, lock and keys and/or strap, which are plated with a coloured finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms "Gold Hardware", "Silver Hardware", "Palladium Hardware" etc. refer to the tone or colour of the hardware and not the actual material used. If the bag incorporates solid metal hardware this will be referenced in the lot description.
Store Fresh - No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Pristine - Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Excellent - Very minor evidence of handling.
Very Good - Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Good - Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Fair - Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.