The fashion for beauty patches, worn to draw attention to the eyes, the lips or whichever part of the face the lady (or gentleman) wanted to emphasise, lasted well into the late 18th century, mainly in England and France. Made of different materials, such as moleskin or velvet, they were also used to cover skin irregularities and smallpox scars, as well as for conveying certain messages. They were typically kept in extravagant gold, hardstone or porcelain boxes, their interiors fitted with mirrors, similar to the agate example in the present lot.
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