RARE FRENCH 18TH CENTURY LOUIS XV SOLID SILVER MOUNTED VERNIS MARTIN SNUFF BOX. Hand painted water colour landscape with faux TORTOISESHELL INTERIOR. This is a Rare French 18th Century Louis XV Solid Silver Mounted Vernis Martin Table Snuff Box mounted with a water colour landscape , this Rare Snuff Box was Crafted by one of the Martin Family in France in circa 1770 making this rare Box over 250 years old, these wonderful vernis Martin Snuff Boxes were very Popular with the French Royal Family in the 18th Century, this wonderful early snuff box is circular in shape and has a pale plum colour Vernis Martin finish to the outside contrasting wonderfully against the dark painted borders, this is then mounted to the top with a stunning hand painted watercolour set within a landscape, you will see two Gentleman enjoying the views which surround them, this is then framed with a solid silver border with hand chased decoration, the detailing is stunning, this has been tested and does test as solid silver, to the inside of this snuff box the interior to both the top and bottom is crafted in faux TORTOISESHELL, the quality of the craftsmanship is superb, this stunning and rare mid 18th century Louis XV Vernis martin Snuff Box would have once belonged to a wealthy French Family and used daily for snuff taking in a time many years ago when things where so very different.
This will add something very special to any collection, my photos dont do it justice.. Martin Family, French lacquerware artists of the period of Louis XV. The four brothers Guillaume d. 1770are 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 bris 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. The item "RARE FRENCH 18TH CENTURY VERNIS MARTIN SNUFF BOX with watercolour landscape" is in sale since Sunday, July 25, 2021.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.