A Louis XV gold-mounted tortoiseshell portrait snuff box. Circa 1771-1774.
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Oval tortoiseshell powder snuff box with gold mounts. The lid inset with an oval miniature on ivory depicting a young girl in a white costume and a pink belt. This young girl wears a lace headdress with pink ribbons. The treatment of the face is carried out with small touches and small lines. The monochrome background features rear lighting, making this delicate portrait stand out. A monogram is present on the base: J.R 1771. Three letters interlaced in openwork gold and finely chiseled on green velvet.The monogramm and the miniature are protected by curved glass.
The interior of the snuffbox is lined with gold.
L: 3.14in. (8.5cm) / W: 2.36 in. (6.3cm) / H: 1.18in. (3.1cm).
Weight: 4.93oz (140 g.)
Alaterre jurande hallmark (1768 1775)
Charge mark: letter date k crowned for 1774.
Goldsmith: J.G.V for Jean Guillaume Vealle. Jean Guillaume Vealle was received as a master silversmith in 1754 and ceased his activity in 1775. He left fine pieces of silverware, coffee pots and snacks, some of which are in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. “. The miniature is probably of John Russel (1745-1806), baptized by Redgrave 'prince of pastellists', to which George Williamson and the Bonhams auction house attribute some miniatures. »Nathalie Lemoine-Bouchard Former Mme Terrasson collection.
Period: Louis XV. Circa 1771-1774.
Price € 19,000.
Bibliographic reference : Nathalie Lemoine-Bouchard. Miniature letter N ° 16 January 2013.