Objets de vertu, or Objects of Virtue in English, is a more precious variant of the more common Objets d’Art, suggesting rich materials and a higher standard of refined facture and finish.

It would typically exclude objects with a practical function, being restricted to “collector’s pieces” that are purely decorative.

Objects of Virtue are small objects created from precious materials either to be admired simply as works of art or, more often, originally conceived for a practical purpose such as snuff boxes, cigarette cases, scent bottles, fans and other similar articles of beauty and adornment.

With new interest from around the world, this area of collecting has recently seen a strong revival. It is perhaps not surprising that such objects should be popular as each encapsulates a vast wealth of history, imagination and artistic skill within a very small area.

The rarest gold boxes were often gifts commissioned by kings and princes from leading goldsmiths for presentation on important occasions. Often, they would be chased in gold and applied with jewels, enamelled in brilliant colours or set with a royal portrait miniature.

Our team of industry-recognised specialists at Doerr Dallas works together to offer you an independent service to provide valuations of fine art, antiques, jewellery, watches and classic cars, we also offer a full range of other art-related advisory services.

We offer our clients a personal, professional, friendly, discreet and completely confidential service.

We work closely with leading firms of insurance brokers, insurers, solicitors, wealth managers, private banks and professional advisers to provide an efficient and timely service.

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