Charming antique Veuve Perrin faience table snuff box / tabatiere with Chinoiserie décor and hinged lid. The faience lid and bottom section are molded in a serpentine shape and mounted on a beautiful silver frame with a Rococo, shell-shape center clasp. The box is marked on the underside with hand painted combined initials VP, the mark of the Marseille faiencierie Veuve Perrin. It was run by Pierrette Candelot (1709–94), widow of the faiencerie's founder Claude Perrin (1696-1748), hence the name (Veuve Perrin means Widow Perrin). Pierrette recognized the quality of the local, slightly colored clay and under her watch the factory flourished. Veuve Perrin used the low temperature firing technique known as Petit Feu, which allowed the introduction of new colors such as the green decoration of this box. We have seen similar items described as made circa 1780. Mount is unmarked and silver content not stated. As reference French 18th Century silver standard required that 958.33 parts out of a thousand be silver. The metal used for the remaining 4% was copper to give the alloy the necessary hardness to be workable. In very good condition with minor imperfections from the time of manufacture typical of faience as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 5" long by 3" deep by 2 1/4" high (12. 5 cm by 7.7 cm by 6 cm) approximately.
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