The floral pattern that adorns
Mickalene Thomas’s enamel painted
Nancy Gonzalez bag will be recognizable
to those who have viewed her textural
and lush portraits. The design is based
on the couch upholstery from Thomas’s
grandmother’s home, and this nostalgic
motif is frequently used in the background
of her paintings.


Crocodile with suede lining, enamel, glitter, and rhinestones; 23 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist, Nancy Gonzalez, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris and Salzburg
Estimated retail value: Priceless