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Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810
Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810
Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810
Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810
Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810
Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810
Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810
Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810

Antique French Snuff Box, Portrait Miniature Painting, 18k Gold Frame c1780-1810

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Rare and fabulous find, a snuff box with one of the most superb paintings ever. A French Revolution era painting of a woman with rich symbolism. A table but also an outdoor setting, flowers, tree, the kinds of symbols we see in mourning icons of the era, really, and speaks to us about the eternal nature of death and rebirth. She holds a note and I'm sad to say I am unable to decipher it. I suspect it might be a dedication to a lost loved one. She's a wonderful character, full of personality. She wears a veil of sorts, which is quite unique as well. I have not taken the top off nor have I discerned the material on which she is painted. I wouldn't like to damage it. The gold mat or band farming her has been tested at 18k however, which is the French gold standard.

Very good to excellent condition throughout. No warp, no damage really, but a light abrasion or two of age. No chips nor cracks. Cover glass is original, lovely. And the box is also in very good form. The table snuff is 3" diameter. Measurements noted on our photos. Late 1700s to earliest 1800s. I'm quite certain it's about 1780s.