These little boxes are very specific to France and date from 1850-1875. Each one is unique as they were made by hand. They would have been sold by a fine Confiserie store for holding delicate hard candies. This pretty example originates from Paris.
A very charming color lithograph scene presents handsome men in white stockings entertaining beautiful ladies with plumed hats. They are in an outdoor pavilion with lush trees and a marble arch in the background. The lithograph has been placed under a pane of glass which is secured to the box lid by fine metallic braid. There are little bits of sugar from the sweets that were inside caught between the glass and lithograph which shimmer in the light.
The inside lid is covered in pale blue moire silk. There is an inner lining to the box, also covered in pale moire blue silk. The outer band of the box is covered in a basket weave fabric with a repeating floral pattern. There is fine metallic braid around the bottom edge of the box. The very bottom of the box is of stamped paper board which has the appearance of pale blue leather.
The box has survived in very good antique condition with light wear in accordance with age. The interior silk is spotted and slightly darkened with. The lithograph still retains it's original color (which varies in accordance with the angle of the view) the braid is in good order. The exterior fabric is in marvelous condition. It measures: 3" in diameter, 1 3/4" tall and 1 1/2" deep.
This little treasure would be lovely on a silver dresser tray, to hold small bits of cherished jewelry. Or it would be a wonderful conversation piece for presenting small candies to visiting bourgeoisie!
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