Fabulous antique French chocolatier's or confectioner's box, a sarcophagus shaped casket, an early 1800s one in the old card with jet black paper (papier) covering and paper lined interior. Not quite perfect, but wonderful visual & decorative appeal! A lovely little floral miniature painting set into the lid, by the way, and rimmed with an ormolu (pressed brass) border, outer bordering and scrolled feet. No markings remain but likely from Boissier - The Rembrandt of confectioners. Many apprenticed there and went on to become famous chocolatiers. One of Paris’s oldest sweets shops, Maison Boissier was founded by Bélissaire Boissier. At the time, the shop was located on boulevard des Capucines. Boissier has been making chocolate in Paris since 1827, and its packaging was the most spectacular of all the chocolates. Its reputation for fine confections has endured for nearly two centuries. Specialities include delicately scented wafer-thin chocolate petals in milk, dark, white and pink chocolate, and “bonbons boule” (fruit candies), favoured in his day by Victor Hugo himself." Boissier is still in business (since 1827) and still make a big deal of nice keepsake boxes for their confections, by the way: 184 Avenue Victor Hugo, 75116 Paris, France. Again, no markings on this one but a truly marvelous piece here, don't miss it!
Good to very good condition. There is some staining or moisture darkening to the bottom and also interior bottom, and a few places where the black paint or lacquer & paper covering is imperfect (look our photos over well), but overall it certainly shows you the aesthetic of the era. A hairline crack in the glass over the miniature floral painting cartouche, we'll take a look at it to see if a replacement glass is possible. Some wear to the gold star decoration around the sides. There is a lock in place but we don't have a working key at listing time. If we locate one to fit, we'll annotate the listing and adjust our price as the key adds value. See pictures for measurements.
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