BEAUTIFUL FINE QUALITY RARE 18th CENTURY GEORGIAN FRENCH VERNIS MARTIN HAND PAINTED BILLET DOUX-LOVE LETTER HOLDER.This is an exceptional and rare 18th Century French 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 gold lacquer with a wonderful deep green vernis martin scalloped edging, this contrasts beautifully against the rich gold ground to the body, this has been finished with a stunning vernis martin hand painted flower to both ends which is most delightful , this has a gold mounted banding to the centre of the body which just gives this Vernis Martin Billet Doux and elegance of years past, this has not been tested it is being sold as gold colour . 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 don’t 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.These came in a myriad of forms, many survive and we see them in museums around the world. This one could sit well be on display in the Musee des Arts Decoratif in the Louvre in Paris, where many similar Billet Doux fascinate visitors every day. The case, typical of the genre, and is about 4 -1/4 inches in length and in excellent condition.Sometimes is confused as being a needles case, though of course it is not. This one is actually enamelled in the Vernis Martin, a method of layering pigments and varnish a method of surface decoration favoured by Marie-Antoinette which proliferated during her time, and can today be seen in many applications in her quarters at the Palace of Versailles.An unquestionably exquisite and fine addition for any uncompromising collector or as a display piece.
VERNIS MARTIN FRENCH BILLET DOUX - LOVE LETTER HOLDER .