BEAUTIFUL FINE QUALITY RARE 18TH CENTURY GEORGIAN FRENCH VERNIS MARTIN HAND PAINTED BILLET DOUX-LOVE LETTER HOLDER.
France .....Circa 1770... Louis XVI
This is an exceptional and rare Beautiful 18th Century Georgian French Solid Silver Mounted Vernis Martin billet doux of such beauty and elegance, it would have carried the love notes of someone from among the Courtiers of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI's era. This very special Billet Doux dates to circa 1770 making it nearly 250 years old, the decoration is breath taking, a hand painted ground to the body in a rich bronze lacquer with a wonderful deep red and black vernis martin flowers in abundance, this contrasts beautifully against the rich bronze ground to the body, this has been finished beautifully with a solid silver mounted banding to the centre of the body which just gives this Vernis Martin Billet Doux and elegance of years past, this has been tested and is solid silver. To the inside you will see the most beautiful faux TORTOISESHELL interior. The quality of the craftsmanship is superb. This box is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel. This will add something very special and rare to any collection, my photos dont do it justice. A very romantic item, the billet doux was the etui into which a rolled scroll of a love letter might be passed along or hand delivered by one's servant. A courier's 'envelope' of sorts, these became so associated with the intimate love notes carried within, that today the term is itself a romantic one. This elegant 18th century Billet Doux is superb, both in form and in condition with just a little surface wear
Measurements.....12.4 cm length