Stunning portrait of a c.1750-70s French gentleman wearing the fashionable powdered wig with ponytail in back, tied with large silk bow. Nobility, certainly, but possibly an author or an avocat (attorney), a book or folio tucked under his right arm. Simple lines jacket and elaborately embroidered vest, his casual pose and attention away from the artist or viewer only emphasizes the remoteness of that blueish white face, which is remarkably detailed for a space just 5/8" chin to hairline. Unique in all aspects, really and I'm dying to know his history, alas we do not have an ID. The man must have been of enormous reputation, standing, wealth or status, as this snuff box is rimmed with loads of 18k gold - more than any I've had in my collections. Superb condition throughout, it's come out of a museum collection or family with centuries of luxury and title. I found it in France. The box is superb tortoise shell, no flaws to note. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Excellent condition throughout. I have no flaws to note in this nearly 300 year old jewel of a patch or snuff box. Very well treasured for centuries! Heavy with 18k gold.
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