BEAUTIFUL FINE QUALITY FRENCH LOUIS XV. 18TH CENTURY VERNIS MARTIN HAND PAINTED BOX. This is a very fine quality Beautiful French Louis XV 18th century Vernis Martin Hand Painted Box, This is a large size, i would estimate this rare box dates to circa 1740 making over 280 years old, the quality is stunning, to the centre on the top you will see the most beautiful fine quality hand painted Scene which is so very detailed, it depicts three winged cherubs playing and frolicking amoungst the floral garlands, the detailing to the cherubs is breath taking, they are surrounded by the most beautiful garlands of flowers and foliage, this is set with a gold - copper colour hand painted background , the edge has a hand painted scroll design border, the colours are so rich and deep, to the base again you will see a wonderful still life of a classical scene with trees in the background, set within this scene is the most stunning still life of a large vase of flowers sitting upon a stone column with more flowers to the side, this really is beautiful , to the side of this amazing large early Vernis Martin Box yoy will also see the most stunning ornate hand painted garlnad of flowers running around the entire box again with a gold colour ground, on opening this large box you will see the interior is all original, this closes with a tight seal so could have been a large table snuff box. The quality of the painting is stunning, its breath taking. This Rare fine quality French Louis XV 18th century hand painted Vernis Martin Box would have once belonged to a very wealthy 18th century Gentleman or Lady in circa 1740, the quality of the craftsmanship is superb, this box is so very tactile and once held it has the most.
Will add something very special to any collection. Martin Family, French lacquerware artists of the period of Louis XV. The four brothers Guillaume d. 1770 are 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 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. This has flaking to the paint as you can see but that doesn't detract at all from its rare beauty, just mentioned for accuracy and is reflected in the price. The item "FABULOUS RARE 18TH CENTURY FRENCH LOUIS XV VERNIS MARTIN HAND PAINTED BOX-LARGE" is in sale since Saturday, August 21, 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.