FRAMED Hand Painted WOODED BODKIN mounted in Shadow Box; Original ANTIQUE c1770, provenanceFRAMED Hand Painted WOODED BODKIN mounted in Shadow Box; Original ANTIQUE c1770, provenanceFRAMED Hand Painted WOODED BODKIN mounted in Shadow Box; Original ANTIQUE c1770, provenanceFRAMED Hand Painted WOODED BODKIN mounted in Shadow Box; Original ANTIQUE c1770, provenanceFRAMED Hand Painted WOODED BODKIN mounted in Shadow Box; Original ANTIQUE c1770, provenanceFRAMED Hand Painted WOODED BODKIN mounted in Shadow Box; Original ANTIQUE c1770, provenanceFRAMED Hand Painted WOODED BODKIN mounted in Shadow Box; Original ANTIQUE c1770, provenanceFRAMED Hand Painted WOODED BODKIN mounted in Shadow Box; Original ANTIQUE c1770, provenance

This is a most romantic item, so French, and so seductive. It dates from around 1770 (before the French Revolution), during the decadent period of Marie-Antoinette, a period of extreme indulgence within the noble class.

These beautiful pieces were the connection between many romantic interludes and dramas. If we could only hear the little box speak, of all the clandestine rendezvous, the proposals, the words of unsurpassed affection. The beautifully handwritten notes that would have been carefully written, rolled up and sealed with wax. It would have then been placed in the billet Doux, which was immediately and hastily carried by the courier to the recipient.

The quality of this piece is extraordinary. The box is made of a light wood, sanded smooth to accept the paint. The execution of the very charming and romantic hand-painted scenes is remarkable. The colors remain rich and vibrant.

The bodkin is in excellent condition. There is the expected small infrequent chips to the paint (mostly to the top piece of the box, these areas have had restoration to match the colors making the chips hardly noticeable unless closely inspected) and a hair aged line matched and blended. The extremely high quality of the painting, is indicative of ownership by nobility. Such a piece would have been very expensive to create. This is a fine example from the period of Marie-Antoinette. It's rich history makes it a true treasure. Billet Doux dating before the French Revolution are of the utmost rarity.

The Shadow box is in very good condition and the provenance from it's crating to the present.

THIS BODKIN SET WOULD MAKE A GREAT ADDITION TO ANY SEWING COLLECTION!

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CONDITION : EXCELLENT

AGE: c 1770

MATERIAL: WOOD,

HEIGHT (APPROX): 5"x .1"

ORIGIN: FRANCE

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