Envelope for Snuff – Scarce 1780-1820 French Handcolored Mystery Puzzle Prints Using Object and Partial Letters


These are some interesting prints on envelopes someone said they where used for snuff. Each small sheet has a puzzles with hand painted scenes of a couple sitting in Louis XVI ornate wealthy patron opera boxes.

Each puzzle has two sides written in French, DEMANDE and REPONSE which I believe is question and answer. The question put in in puzzle form consist of approximately ten symbols, all of which are hand colored. The paper is a thin onion skin type paper. It seems that it was a wood block process that was used to produce the images. I would be very interested in knowing what they say if there is anyone that can decipher them.

Each one is unique in the design of the dress of the couple and the carpentry around the opera box. In this one below he wears the puffed a la Seinfeld type shirt, while she wears a headdress of radiating spikes that form what looks like sun rays.  The baluster has angels forming columns for the rails while the canopy has a cusp form, classical design seen in old 1700’s architecture.

This one finds some deep reds and green canopy and the curtains. She is holding a bouquet of flowers and he is dressed a wonderful deep blue jacket.

In this one has wonderful colors also. The scanner does these no justice for they have a wonderful patina and are very colorful and bright

The next few have those wonderful puzzle that I am sure are in French. If anyone can figure them out please email me at robtnar@gmail.com or leave in comment section, it would be most appreciative

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One Response to Envelope for Snuff – Scarce 1780-1820 French Handcolored Mystery Puzzle Prints Using Object and Partial Letters

  1. Why is it I at all times really feel like you do?

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