This exceptionally large hand-made bonbon box comes from Paris, and dates from 1850-1875. Fine handmade objects were offered for sale in fashionable stores along the city's shopping arcades. This extra large box was made for holding beautifully wrapped candies. It comes from Paris.
The box was painstakingly made by hand and is pretty from all angles. It is of a hardened board base, with the sides have been covered with fine silk fabric. The fabric of this box is of a dark creme with sage green stripes. Delicate flowers in salmon, and leaves in a dark sage green form a repeating pattern around the box and the side of the lid. Gilt metal braid trims the bottom of the box and the top edge of the lid. The interior has a raised (double) inner lining of green silk (over hardened paper board, which is original to the box). The top features a color lithograph, which has been placed under an oval glass. The bottom of the box is covered in paper which resembles leather.
The lithograph depicts a tranquil setting with a party of young people fishing from a boat. A very elegant young lady in pink with a large plumed hat looks down to see the fish being gathered up in a hand net, the catch of one of her friends. She and another young man hold long, handmade wooden rods. Another lady and gentleman are in the background. The lithograph is very detailed, one can see the ripples in the water of the lake, the expressions on the faces of the people and the delicate branches in the background. The colors are very pale and soft, adding to the beauty of the scene. The lithograph is placed under glass.
The box is very large for it's genre and measures: 3" tall, 5 3/8" in circumference and 2 1/4" deep.
It would be a delightful vanity box, desk box or could serve to hold your favorite wrapped sweet.
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