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Antique French Snuff Box, Apres Vigee-LeBrun's M. Antoinette Portrait Miniature
Antique French Snuff Box, Apres Vigee-LeBrun's M. Antoinette Portrait Miniature
Antique French Snuff Box, Apres Vigee-LeBrun's M. Antoinette Portrait Miniature
Antique French Snuff Box, Apres Vigee-LeBrun's M. Antoinette Portrait Miniature
Antique French Snuff Box, Apres Vigee-LeBrun's M. Antoinette Portrait Miniature
Antique French Snuff Box, Apres Vigee-LeBrun's M. Antoinette Portrait Miniature
Antique French Snuff Box, Apres Vigee-LeBrun's M. Antoinette Portrait Miniature

Antique French Snuff Box, Apres Vigee-LeBrun's M. Antoinette Portrait Miniature

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I've posted a copy of the 1700s original large portrait of Marie-Antoinette and the Pink Rose, by court favorite artist, Louise Elizabeth Vigee-Le Brun, which would have been the painting after (apres) which this Grand Tour copy miniature would have been painted. This is one of 2 types of hand painted portrait miniatures, being done for the Grand Tour tourist trade and to satisfy their desire for a souvenir of their favorite paintings on view in the 1800s in the Louvre, Paris, or perhaps as with this one, at Versailles. The more valuable and highly collectible portrait miniatures are, of course, the one of a kind originals that represent a personal portrait of a single individual who was alive at the time the painting was done, and those were not made for tourist trade as much as for the patron/subject and/or their family members. These simpler and less costly ones are fun to collect, though, and this one has a lovely rendition of the more famous original painting it copies. This is a hand painted artist's work, to be sure, but it is not an original Vigee-LeBrun, though many of the small copies for tourist trade might have the signature and perhaps the notation "apres" or after the original by that artist. This one bears the signature of the artist who did the copy, instead, and I'm unable to read it but we've shown a greatly enlarged image so you can review it. A lovely painting, slightly stylized to make Marie-Antoinette a much prettier visage than accurate. 3.25" diameter and 1.25" high when closed.

Very good to excellent for age and type, the painting is undamaged, signed, protected under original cover glass and the box is in fine form. The box appears to me to be heavy and lovely old rosewood, is solid and lovely, and has only the small age cracks at the trim border to note as imperfection. No warp, fits smoothly and snug when closed. Slightly convex cover glass is undamaged, as well. C. 1850-70s, Napoleon III era, we think, and for tourist trade. Lovely old thing! A wonderful souvenir of your own Grand Tour to Paris, perhaps?