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    antique french straw marquetry billet-doux case circa 1770

    Antique French Straw Marquetry Billet-doux Case Circa 1770
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    Antique Antique French Straw Marquetry Billet-doux Case Circa 1770

    Ref: 928-Billet-Doux http://hygra.com/box/928-Billet-doux/index.htm
    Rare French straw marquetry Billet-doux Case of cylindrical form Circa 1770.
    This box is for the exchange of billet-doux, or love letters.
    This box is decorated in beautifully executed straw-work, the romantic motifs hinting at its purpose. One side features a a brightly feathered bird amongst forget-me-nots. on the other side a heart crowns an unfolding piece of paper, with red and blue Cupids arrows crossed with quiver and torch. Imagine receiving a billet-doux slipped surreptitiously in a box such as this. It could be life changing!
    Origin: France ; Circa: 1770 ; Materials: straw marquetry on card.

    Size: 15.9 cm long when closed: 6.25 inches long when closed.
    Condition: good overall; see images, some wear especially to inner part,
    Keywords: Straw-work, straw marquetry, Marquetry de Paille, French 18th C, love letter, billet-doux
    A gift for Valentin's day!

    Straw marquetry on card
    Width (cm):

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