Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin

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Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin

Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin
1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist HP Vernis Martin, Sterling Silver Rim. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent. We’ll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our’Favorites’ customers. What some think might be a cigar case is, instead, a 1700s “billet doux”, or directly translated, “sweet note”. The case is that into which love notes, invitations to clandestine trysts and such words of love would be sent by courier to one’s beloved. Marriage being what it was among elites and titled persons in Marie-Antoinette’s era and earlier, one did not always consort with only one’s spouse. A love note would be written, rolled and slid into the tube, closed and perhaps even sealed with a small sealing wax/cachet to avoid prying eyes of even one’s trusted courier. These survive today mostly in museum collections. The most wonderful are these hand painted ones, and the most rare of those survive in very good condition with figures like this one. There are 4 miniature portraits, one an artist at easel. The layered varnish and oil paint manner in which it is worked is a favorite of Marie-Antoinette, and was invented by the Brothers, Martin, and is referred to simply as “Vernis Martin” now, as then. The vibrant colors confirm it is 17th century. Full measurements noted on photos. Very good to excellent condition for it’s advanced age. This would be 250-280 years old. Imagine the stories it could tell, were it able. Still in very nice condition, a little loss to the oil paintings, one face and a little loss near artist’s easel (see images). Superb sterling silver bands, the bands fitted on both top and bottom. The interior tube is excellent. We’re easy to deal with. You are very important! Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 – 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replaceable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings. Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues. We have a HUGE assortment of the finest antiques to be found online, all at your fingertips with Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. _gsrx_vers_631 GS 6.9.8b6 (631).
Antique c. 1750s French Billet Doux, 4 Portrait Miniature, Artist Vernis Martin