C1780, ANTIQUE 18thC FRENCH VERNIS MARTIN LACQUER PAINTED TABLE SNUFF BOX. AFTER NICHOLAS POUSSIN, c1641, TITLED'TIME AND TRUTH. A scarce antique lacquered circular table snuff box, manufactured in the Vernis Martin style, French in origin, and dating to the 18th Century, circa 1780. Nicholas Poussin's painting entitled'Truth Stolen Away by Time Beyond the Reach of Envy and Discord', originally painted in 1641, has been faithfully hand painted on the lid of the box in oils over the lacquered surface. The sides of the box are painted with two cherubs in an Italianate landscape, with the base painted with a depiction of the Greek Goddess, Themis, the God of Justice.
The core of the box is of pressed wood, or early papier mache. Vernis Martin is a generic term for a lustrous lacquer substitute that became established during the mid 18th Century and today it is used to describe the highly decorative French lacquer produced in the manner and style of the Martin Brothers. The process of adding bronze or gold powder to green varnish was perfected by the French Martin family, hence its name Vernis Martin (Martin varnish). It was developed to imitate East Asian lacquerware being imported into France during the Louis XV period, and is found in several colours, golden red and green being the most characteristic.It was widely used to decorate personal articles as fans and snuffboxes. The lift off lid opens easily and closes securely. Nicolas Poussin (15 June 1594 - 19 November 1665) was the leading painter of the classical French Baroque style. Most of his works were religious and mythological subjects painted for a small group of Italian and French collectors. Diameter: 9.7 cm or 3 3/4 inches. Height: 1.8 cm or 3/4 inch. In good antique condition, just some expected wear to the surface at the extremities commensurate with age, revealing the Vernis Martin. And also losses to the papier mache inner rim of the lower section of the box. The painted surface has a'crosshatched' texture. Please see the images provided which complement this description. If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to ask and we will be happy to help. We have many other interesting and unusual items for sale, so please take a look. We take great care to package and post your item safely to anywhere in the world for the best possible price. Each of our items has come from a reputable and traceable source. Buyers can rest assured that we will provide you with a comprehensive, reliable and trustworthy service which we endeavour to make hassle free for all our customers. We aim to answer all enquiries within 24 hours. Your satisfaction is our priority. The item "C1780, ANTIQUE 18thC FRENCH VERNIS MARTIN LACQUER PAINTED TABLE SNUFF BOX" is in sale since Monday, April 2, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Tobacciana & Smoking Supplies\Snuff Boxes". The seller is "phoenixchild0" and is located in Winchester.
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