Louis XVI Style Gilt Bronze Box with Miniature Hand Painted Marquise De Sevignè


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Beautiful golden bronze Louis XVI style box; on the lid is a hand-painted delightful miniature depicting two children playing with a pretty little dog, the miniature is protected by a glass; the lid is finished with a fake turtle decoration; the body is entirely worked with a very fine "guillochè" workmanship; the words "Marquise de Sevignè" are engraved inside. The history of this name is particularly interesting so we like to talk about it. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, born in 1626, in the castle of Bourbilly in Burgundy, married the Marquis de Sevignè, of whom she remained a widow at the age of twenty-five. She was an extraordinary woman both for her beauty and grace and for her education, culture, and intelligence. He refused to remarry to devote himself to the education of his two children. In 1671 the marriage of the first-born Françoise: "the plus Jolie fille de France" with the Count of Grignan brought the young girl to Provence and this detachment, at the beginning a source of real desperation for the marquise, was the origin of a correspondence lasted over 25 years, which became the main and most famous nucleus of the Lettres (around 1500), considered among the most important in European literature, where all the accidents, all the anecdotes, all the small and big events that occurred at the court of Louis XIV in the second half of the seventeenth century are told, with consummate art and perfect writing. The names of the beautiful French world are present in his letters and testify to the dense network of friendships, even very profound, on which Marie could count: Boileau, Racine, Bossuet, Mademoiselle de Scudéry, F. de la Rochefoucauld, Madame de La Fayette. The Marquise died in 1696. A curiosity: the research on the origin of a very sweet dessert very widespread even today in France seems to lead to Mme Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise of Sévigné, for whom chocolate, which at the time was very much in vogue with the Parisian court, it seems it was a passion-obsession, in fact, he mentioned it very often in his "Lettres"; over the years his name has often been associated with chocolate so that boxes have been created for cakes with his effigy and his name; even our miniature jewel could have been a box for bons-bons. A small mention to the "guillochè": it is a type of ornamentation, applied to metal surfaces. It is a refined operation, which requires great skill on the part of the craftsman who performs it, just a moment of distraction or a small mistake and the piece is to be thrown away. Over the years, the machines created to perform these decorations have been modified to adapt them to the needs of the different inlayers, these machines needed to be piloted by hand, which is why they are often referred to as guillochè as a manual decoration. At the moment there are not even companies that deal with producing machinery for guillochè processing, for which one works using the machinery of the time. The box was produced in France between 1880 and 1890. Measures: D.cm.13.5 H.cm.5.

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19th century (1800-1899)
Place of origin:
Louis XVI
Dimensions (cm):
5H x 14DI
Dimensions (inch):
1,97H x 5,51DI
Creator / Artist:
Bronze, Enamel
Good; Wear consistent with age and use
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