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Etui

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740-1780 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Of vernis Martin, decorated in yellow and green on black, with bands of gilded copper, on a carcase of copper, the interior gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Alfred Williams Hearn Gift

  • Museum number:

    W.42-1923

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Etuis were small containers for personal use. They could hold small needlework accessories or scissors and tweezers for personal care. They were usually finely decorated and some were jewelled. This one is decorated with vernis Martin, which was used in France to imitate Asian lacquer. It got its name from the Martin family, who in 1730 were granted a monopoly on the varnishes they had created to imitate lacquer. On French objects this name is now applied to all sorts of decoration that in English would be called 'japanning'.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1740-1780 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Of vernis Martin, decorated in yellow and green on black, with bands of gilded copper, on a carcase of copper, the interior gilded

Dimensions

Length: 12.2 cm, Diameter: 1.9 cm

Descriptive line

Etui, of circular section, with pull-off lid, the exterior decorated in green and yellow with putti on a blackground, all in vernis Martin

Materials

Vernis Martin; Copper

Techniques

Japanning

Subjects depicted

Putti

Categories

Personal accessories

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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