I feel certain this is a portrait after one I've seen of either Mme Pompadour or of Miss Elizabeth, one of the lovely ladies of 1700s France, but I can't immediately access it in my head or the internet, either one. Still, that aside, it is a lovely hand painted miniature of a beauty, holding what we can assume is either a lovebird, or a dove. Beautifully crafted, signed by artist to the right at a 3 o'clock position (we've shown it in detail for your review). Full measurements are noted on the photos. Please review in full. Fine early 1800s Tortoise Shell.
Very good condition. The old box is splendid, but it does have an ancient restoration that can be seen with an 'x' in our images - a space that's had fill with a very dark brown or brownish-black faux something. Blends well, displays nicely, but it is not perfect. Likewise, the bottom has a coating of clear something around the perimeter of bottom mounting into the sides. Also visible on our images. Neither takes much away from the beauty, but does figure into the excellent low price on this otherwise exceptionally fine snuff. I have not tested yet, but we usually find the gold mat is karat gold. This one has fine black line in enamel work, as well. Either a late 1700s bonbon box or snuff box, table size. Such a gem, and such a beautiful portrait.
Fine Antique French 3" Table Snuff Box or Bonbon, Portrait Miniature with Parrot
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