This is not the original box. Fabulous Antique Georgian Late 18 Th Century, Circa 1770-90, French 18 k Solid gold & Rock Crystal Hand Painted Miniature Portrait " Boite a Mouche" Patch Box. A very beautiful special and unique Antique solid gold box with a finely painted portrait much resembling : Madame de Pompadour?? The lovely painting in most likely Oil and set with Bevel cut Rock crystal or Crystal on top and bottom mounted in solid 18 k gold. " Boite a mouche " English term " Patch box " Was very popular among The flamboyant Bourgeoise of the 16 th to 18 th century it.
In 1654 , a treatise published in "The Lottery of Love" lists different ways to place them on the face and their names : The majestic forehead , passionate near the eye , gallant on the cheek, the cheeky corner of the nostril , the fucker , or rogue , or flirtatious near the mouth playful in a dimple , the thief hiding a button, the discrete downturn in the chin. Last photo shows examples how one would use the patch! The painting is finely executed with sharp details and attention , with wonderful painted flowers in her hair, Low cut down Dress and wearing long natural pearl earrings. The box is hinged With the lid which opens and closes tight and secure. A real Rare true Beauty!No Hallmarks, Which is normal for the period. It is Guaranteed and tested as Solid 18 k gold & Not vermeil or gold gilt. A very Special and Collectible Antique Miniature Box, Not common & hard to find. Total weight is 12.0 Grams. Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour.
29 December 1721 15 April 1764. , was a member of the French.From 1745 to her death. She took charge of the kings schedule and was a valued aide and advisor, despite her frail health and many political enemies. She secured titles of nobility for herself and her relatives, and built a network of clients and supporters. She was particularly careful not to alienate the Queen. She was a major patron of architecture and decorative arts such as porcelain.
She was a patron of the. Hostile critics at the time generally tarred her as a malevolent political influence, but historians are more favourable, emphasizing her successes as a. Of the arts and a champion of French pride. Very good Antique condition, Tiny bit of paint wear (Background) right side near the edge of box. A couple of very tiny Dings , Which is normal for age and love.This Does not distract at all from The true rarity & beauty of this lovely box. Dimensions: 1 and 3/8 Inch high x 1.0 Inch wide x 0.25 Inch thick, or 3.7 cm high x 2.6 cm wide x 7 mm thick.
The item "ANTIQUE FRENCH 18 K GEORGIAN HAND PAINTED MINIATURE PORTRAIT BOITE A MOUCHE BOX" is in sale since Wednesday, January 06, 2016. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Georgian, Pre-1837". The seller is "windago" and is located in Montreal, Quebec.This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, to Australia.