Magnificent Italian Snuff or Pill Box Decorated with Rosettes Design and Gold Wash, the Top Has Original Turquoise colored Stones That Encircle a Most Lovely Picture of Madame de Pompadour. The Picture Has Painted Highlights - Pearls and Hair Decorations.
The Box is Marked: Made in Italy - The Italian Artisans Were Certainly Considered the Best by Many at Creating These Small Masterpieces. Quite Often, Famous Subjects Were Used to Adorn These Small Boxes.
What is so Remarkable is that this Box Opens and Closes Perfectly - With the Slightest Touch! There is one small scratch across the glass on top - but only seems to add to it's charm, as it is a Turn of the Century Box.
The Old Gold Wash Finish and Decorations are Wonderful. You might think it is gold with out a test.
Measures: 1" inch x 1 1/2' inch H
Madame de Pompadour was born Jeanne-Antionette Poisson on December 29, 1721 in the rue de Clery. Her father was Francois Poisson, a steward to the Paris brothers, and was forced to leave the country after a black market scandal in 1725. At this time, her mother, Louise Madeline de la Motte, was befriended by Charles le Normant de Tornehem, who then looked over the family. When Jeanne-Antionette was nine years old, her mother had taken her to a fortune teller and was told that one day she would become the mistress of a king. She was then given the nickname Reinette, meaning "little queen." Between the ages of eight and twelve, Reinette spent much time in and out of an Ursuline convent at Poissy where she received an education and first took interest in the arts. Once she returned home for good her mother insisted on giving her the best education because of her belief that she would marry a rich man. She was given voice lessons by Jeloitte, the star of the Paris opera, and taught elocution from a dramatist, Crebillon.The Marquise de Pompadour has widely been known as a patron of the arts and literature. She had a huge library of thousands of books and had given her patronage to the writer Voltaire. She was also very successful in her artistic creations. She loved new buildings and decorative arts, and thus the fashion that she used is identified with the term "Pompadour style." Such interests allowed her to acquire many houses and mansions such as the Hotel d'Evreux. She also planned the building of the palace of Compeigne and the Petit Trianon Palace at Versailles. The two most notable creations of the Marquise were the porcelain works of Sevres and the Ecole Militaire. Through her many works she became known as the patron of many artists like Boucher, sculptors, and architects like Lassurance.