Over the top fabulous vintage 1950s fantasy eyewear sunglasses. Stunning butterfly Mardi Gras mask is rare and highly collectable. Handcrafted beauties like this are attributed to Paulette Guinet. one of a kind, hand painted. Coppery brown marbled frames, smoked glass cat eye lens. Art Deco lines. Rhinestones and sparkly studs line edges. Black inside. Marked Lozza, the oldest eyewear eyeglass maker in Italy, since 1878. Paulette Guinet are not always marked but I did find another Paulette Guinet Lozza in similar style and marbling that was marked. Glass measures 2"/5cm x 1-3/4"/4.5cm, temple 5"/12.5cm, total width of glasses 7-3/8"/18.75cm, total height 6-1/2"/16.5cm. Condition: Very Good gently loved vintage condition. Hinges open and close easily, No cracks, Lenses and frame normal minor scratches and signs of wear from use. Arms a little tilted in, Optometrist can open a bit to widen. Don't try it yourself, u will probably crack them. A few of the sparkly studs missing scattered and most noted lower right (last photo). All rhinestones good. Some photos have flash, some no flash. Some paint wear inside logo arms. See Photos. Please convo for Internatl rates or any other questions you might have.
History of Butterfly Eyewear Frames: Butterfly motif for optical frames has enjoyed several decades of popularity. First made popular in the 1950s by Paulette Guinet with huge flowing Mardi Gras hand painted frames like this one. Marian Slater and Oliver Gold carried the motif into Op Art 1960s. I have another from late 1970s by Sir Winston. London Anglo American in the 1980s copies many of the earlier styles and added their "over the top" flair.