Offering here a spectacular and early snuff box, large table snuff sized at 3.5" in diameter, made of copper with a silver plating, and whose exterior is entirely hand decorated in the manner of the Vernis Martin, (varnish layering with paint) which was the favorite of French Queen Marie-Antoinette. The small box is painted in scenes from the time of Louis XV, and could certainly be that old, as well. The silver is a heavy layer, but there are not any control marks that would tell us it is sterling silver, and on the very edge I think I can see copper. I've had access to the disbursal of a very important collection of antique snuff boxes out of Paris, and this is one from that exquisite collection. While it must remain anonymous, the history is as charming as is the box.
Very good to excellent, it is circa 1770-80s, a period box from the time of Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI. The condition is very remarkable for this type of decorative surface, and shows only slight loss as you see on our images, not really notable to the naked eye, so we've greatly enlarged it for your full review. Nothing impacting the paintings on both top and bottom, nor the swagger garlands and decorative motif that decorates the round body of the box's sides. Museum piece, this! The box measures 3 1/4" in diameter, larger than a vest snuff, so a table snuff box, and it is 1 1/8" high, closed.
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