This elegant box once held delicious candies from a French confisserie. It originates from Paris and dates from 1900-1910.
Chocolate was an expensive delicacy during this era and was sold in hand made, custom boxes. This is a charming example of a custom box, finely made and detailed. The base of the box is of heavy paper board which has been covered with beautiful tapestry and fine braid. The lid has the most poignant of scenes with a little "demoiselle" in a pink silk dress holding a bouquet of silk flowers. A "jeune garcon" serves as her escort, holding his hat in hand. An adorable little "chien" holds one paw up, looking forward to the upcoming path. The side bands are covered in tapestry with a beautiful arabesque and scrolling design in mauve, gold and white. Pale taupe braid covers the outside edges and frames the box nicely. The interior edge is lined with blue tapestry.
The interior is lined with flowered paper. There is a metal lock but sadly, no key. The bottom of the box is covered in fine paper in a flower and leaf design popular during the era.
The box measures: 8" square, 1 1/2" tall and 1 1/4" deep at the interior. Thanks to careful care, the box survives in very good condition. with little wear.
It is a lovely little treasure which would serve nicely to hold treasured pieces of jewelry or letters.
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