Here is a very rare find. A bon bon or confectionery's box from the late 18th century.
Chocolates were first being introduced to Europe at this time and considered a luxury. They were presented in these exquisite boxes. To find one in this condition is indeed rare and a true treasure.
The box is made of a sturdy paper with a top of eglomise (painting behind glass). The painting depicts a young woman sitting in a lovely garden. She appears to be writing a letter with a quill pen. There is a gold inkwell on the table. The garden is rather formal with a pedestal upon which is placed a large urn filled with flowers. The colors are still quite vibrant after 200 years and we see shades of green with the woman dressed in blue with accents of red.
The glass top is trimmed in embossed gold and I cannot tell if it is metal or heavy paper. The rest of the box is a heavy cardboard painted a beautiful turquoise color. It sits on four round gold painted wooden feet.
The box measures 5 1/4" by 3 1/8" and is 1 1/2" tall. It is in remarkable condition for its age. There is very slight paint missing from a few sections of the right side of the box, not affecting the scene. The inside is clean and there is slight fraying of paper along the closure which is not visible when the box is closed. Not to be missed by any collector of chocolate memorabilia or early boxes.
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