Louis XVI-Period Vari-Colored Gold Étui

  • This charming French étui is crafted from vari-colored gold
  • This 18th-century creation displays the aesthetics of the Louis XVI era
  • Such pieces were often used to pass secret correspondence or billets-doux - love notes
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Item No. 31-1568

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This Louis XVI-period gold étui is both an exceptional example of French craftsmanship and a charming relic of a bygone era. Such pieces were often used by lovers or other cohorts to pass secret correspondence or billets-doux — "love notes" — undetected. Its artistry pays homage to the declarations of love it likely once held. Crafted entirely of vari-colored gold, the étui displays a neoclassical design punctuated by a dot motif and chased borders of foliage. Stunning in its artistry and history, this étui reflects the 18th-century taste for elegant ornamentation. 

Circa 1780
Features later French guarantee marks and import marks for gold

4 3/8" length x 7/8" wide x 3/8" deep
Louis XVI-Period Vari-Colored Gold Étui
Period: 18th Century
Origin: France
Type: Decorative Boxes
Depth: 0.38 Inches
Width: 0.88 Inches
Height: 4.38 Inches
Style: Louis XVI

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