July 07, 2012

Vintage Umbrellas & Parasols

Hand-Painted Vintage Asian Birds Paper Parasol
Hand-Painted Birds Asian Paper Parasol

There are a few vintage finds that just thrill us Vixens... and vintage umbrellas are near the top of the list.  They never come in large quantities, so each one feels like a special treasure.  Their fabrics and hand-painting are often exceptional.  And the handles alone are sometimes like works of art, in twisted lucite, gnarled bamboo or modernist textured plastic.

1950s Rouge Dogwood Blossom Pagoda Parasol
1950s Rouge Dogwood Blossoms Pagoda Parasol

 The feel of using one during a summer storm is wonderfully chic, whether you're sheltered by a pagoda-shaped parasol or a Mod 1960s brollie in crystal-clear vinyl.  And so many lend themselves as exquisite decor, propped in a corner or above the armoire until the skies darken.  You'll be wishing for rain!

1940s Black Rainbow Plaid Domed Umbrella with Lucite Handle
1940s Black Rainbow Plaid Domed Umbrella with Lucite Handle




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