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Etui

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1740-1760 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Of vernis Martin, on a ground of copper, decorated in polychrome on a brown ground, with a trellis of ribbons enclosing flower sprays

  • Credit Line:

    Alfred Williams Hearn Gift

  • Museum number:

    W.43:1, 2-1923

  • 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 (made)

Date

1740-1760 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Of vernis Martin, on a ground of copper, decorated in polychrome on a brown ground, with a trellis of ribbons enclosing flower sprays

Dimensions

Length: 13.3 cm, Diameter: 2.2 cm

Descriptive line

Tubular etui, with pull-off lid, decorated in vernis Martin on a ground of copper, with trellising and flowers

Materials

Copper; Vernis Martin

Techniques

Japanning

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Trellis

Categories

Personal accessories

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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