" Judgment Of Paris: 17th Century Miniature For Snuffbox, Primitive"
This pretty tempera painting on ivory was the lid of one of those oval ivory snuffboxes, flat, rimmed with silver, which was found during the reign of Louis XIV, the beginning of the snuff madness, end 17th century. It was the fashion to decorate the underside of lid with a miniature, sometimes licentious ... Klingstedt circa 1675 was famous as a miniaturist, adorning many of these snuff boxes with light subjects, and therefore he was nicknamed the "Raphael snuffboxes. Our miniature is much more modest, primitive in spirit, but the treatment of the famous subject Pâris et les 3 graces is very lively and nicely colored. The ivory plate is thick, domed, two holes in the hinge remain visible, and the paint was protected by a thick varnish.
Overall dimensions: L: 10cm x 7.5cm.
Good general condition, small touchs on some lacks, sframing is 19th century, take a good look at the photos ....
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