Elegant in a decorative manner of the 1700s, Marie-Antoinette's favorite if historians are to be believed, the layered oil painting and varnish first created by the Brothers Martin. The process is simply referred to ever afterward as "Vernis Martin". You can see why M-A loved it. Sumptuous, all-over decorative paintings on both sides, usually in the French Romanticist manner of artists like Boucher, Fragonard - outdoor love and courtship scenes. The fans are ivory and I've owned these for a decade or more waiting to find someone who could re-ribbon them for me. As you can see, I found her. I'm so pleased with the result. Fine silk ribbon used, hand painted as would have been the old original. Museum quality, the little brisé is just 16cm long when folded. Truly a work of art, both sides.
Very good to excellent condition throughout on this old beauty. One tiny restoration and professional repainting on the gentleman's leg - I can't even find it now. There is some argument of era, easily mistaken as mid-1700s or those of a decade later in revival. My expert consult puts this one later in 19th c. to as late as 1905 The slight darkening of the Vernis Martin work leans to 19th century rather than 18th, and remains the mystery of trying to duplicate the old work as no one seems to get the method's varnish just right. The old ones are likely to remain a bit more vibrant and yellow a little less. Still, museum quality on this one. Full measurements noted on photos.
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