Georgian 18th Century Vernis Martin Hand Painted 22ct Gold Mounted Snuff Box
BEAUTIFUL FINE QUALITY LARGE GEORGIAN 18TH CENTURY VERNIS MARTIN HAND PAINTED 22CT GOLD MOUNTED faux TORTOISESHELL SNUFF BOX. The 22ct gold thumb piece and hinge when closed creates a wonderful look set against this fine quality 18th century hand painted Vernis Martin rural scene, this would have once belonged to a very wealthy 18th century Gentleman in circa 1750, the quality of the craftsmanship is superb, this snuff box is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel. This will add something very special to any collection, my photos dont do it justice. The gold has been tested and is 22ct gold, this is a very special large Georgian snuff box and will add something very special to any collection. Martin Family, French lacquerware artists of the period of Louis XV. The four brothers Guillaume d. 1770 are remembered for perfecting the composition and application of vernis Martin, a lacquer substitute named after them, patented by Guillaume and Robert in 1730.
In 1748 their factory became part of the Royal Factory of Furnishings to the Crown. Among their commissions were coaches and rooms at Versailles. Vernis Martin, lustrous lacquer substitute widely used in the 18th century to decorate furniture and such personal articles as fans and snuffboxes. The process of adding bronze or gold powder to green varnish was perfected by the Martin family, hence its name vernis Martin (Martin varnish). Highly praised by Voltaire, it was developed to imitate East Asian lacquerware being imported into France during the Louis XV period.
Vernis Martin was made in several colours, green and a golden red being the most characteristic. Nearly 3.2 inches diameter... The item "GEORGIAN 18TH CENTURY VERNIS MARTIN HAND PAINTED 22CT GOLD MOUNTED SNUFF BOX" is in sale since Sunday, June 21, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes". The seller is "silver_treasures" and is located in ledbury.
This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Product: Boxes
- Style: Georgian
- Age: Pre-1800
- Pattern: 18th century