One expects to see such pieces as this in the Musee des Arts Decoratif, newly reopened museum in a wing of the Louvre in Paris, or perhaps in the Napoleon apartments collection in the Louvre, as well. At the least, a museum piece like this late 1700s snuff might come to bid at one of the major auction houses, but it's not the kind of item you expect to find on the internet, is it. But here you go: Hand painted in the Vernis Martin method, layering of oil painting and varnishes to achieve a dimensional and magical finish originated by the Brothers Martin and used for the chamber of Marie-Antoinette in the Palace of Versailles) a magnificent table snuff box with stunning miniature paintings all around. The painting on top is Marie-Antoinette and her children, the bottom is one of the garden pavillions on the grounds at Versailles, and other images shown are also on the grounds of or are in fact, the Palace of Versailles. The contemporary nature of this important piece makes it a very special acquisition for any collector of this fascinating era of French history, as well as of fine art and miniatures. Astounding piece! I am captivated by it and will surely regret forever if you buy it away from me. But here it is - as you like it: the uncommon treasure! Accurate and authentic in all detail, it is a masterpiece!
Very good to excellent condition with age and type considered. There are very slight rim chips in the painting, but not so much visible to the naked eye as evidenced in our very enlarged photos and scans. Certainly not detractions and minimal with type and age. The paintings are each fascinating and so well preserved. Hinge of the silver mounting are tight, well fitted and working perfectly. Smooth closure. No warping. A truly magnificent and VERY rare find, indeed!