Marie-Antoinette's favorite decorative style, the layering of oil paint and varnish developed by the Brothers Martin, and referred to simply as "Vernis Martin" gained fame in the mid to late 1700s and then resurged 100 years later as French fashion seems to do. I suspect this very nice snuff box or larger patch box is from the revival period, 1800s, but it also has some indications of being earlier. I have to give that century broad timeframe for this one. Elaborate painting, portraits in miniature, very much in the manner of the Romantic Era, c.1750-70s, an outdoor group of several figures. Beautifully crafted and not much loss to the painting. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, I can see a small chip in upper right corner fo the front panel/cover, small and innocuous but pointed out for your review. Very little loss of the old oil painting throughout. Photos show it well. No cracks nor hairlines. Beautifully hand painted throughout.
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