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Rare Unique French Louis XV 18th Century Vernis Martin Hand Painted Snuff Box c.1770
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This is a rare Unique French Louis XV 18th Century Vernis Martin Hand Painted Snuff Box which dates to circa 1770 making it over 240 years old, it has a Unique Hand Painted Lid with Gold and Green Colours around the outer Lid, and a White Oval Frame with Scroll design and inside the Frame there a Pot of Flowers on a Chequered Background, the sides and the Base of the Snuff Box has Green Abstract design and the quality of the craftsmanship is superb, the Lid pulls off and on with a secure Vacuum feel when given a little Twist, the inside of the Lid and the Base has a Faux Tortoiseshell Finish to it, this snuff box is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel, and would have been owned by someone Wealthy in the Georgian Period, there is some old repairs to the side of the Lid and wear to the edge of the Lid where repairs are, and is only mentioned for accuracy, this really is a Rare and Unique Georgian Faux Tortoiseshell and Hand Painted Snuff Box. The Vernis Martin Family, French lacquerware artists of the period of Louis XV. 1770 are remembered for perfecting the composition and application of vernis Martin, a lacquer substitute named after them, patented by Guillaume and Robert in 1730. In 1748 their factory became part of the Royal Factory of Furnishings to the Crown. Among their commissions were coaches and rooms at Versailles. Vernis Martin, lustrous lacquer substitute widely used in the 18th century to decorate furniture and such personal articles as brisé fans and snuffboxes. The process of adding bronze or gold powder to green varnish was perfected by the Martin family, hence its name vernis Martin (Martin varnish). Highly praised by Voltaire, it was developed to imitate East Asian lacquerware being imported into France during the Louis XV period. Vernis Martin was made in several colours, green and a golden red being the most characteristic.
All Things Antique has clarified that the Rare Unique French Louis XV 18th Century Vernis Martin Hand Painted Snuff Box c.1770 (LA225656) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1770
there are some old repairs to the side of the Lid and wear to the edge of the Lid where repairs are, and is only mentioned for accuracy,
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