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Antique Black Forest Hand Carved Bonboniere or Chocolates Box #2, LABRIC Chocolatiere, PARIS
When chocolate was a very new and "elites-only" concoction, the old boxes made for chocolatiers (chocolate makers) were something quite special as well. Designed to be kept after the confections were all enjoyed and as a memento of the lovely experience or gift of chocolates, we've seen them in everything from finest old tortoise shell & bronze to lovely and elaborate layered card & paper boxes with glass tops that date to 1700s. This is one of the most unusual since I've never seen a Black Forest carved box as a chocolate or confectioner's box. I found 2 at once, so we have another one also up for sale. Look for both, sold separately. These would date mid-1800s, are silk lined and retain the admixed label identifying the chocolatier as LABRIC, Chocolat et Thes (tea), 38, Bd des Capucines" (which is a very elegant Paris location, as one might well expect).
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. This one has a somewhat faded red original silk lining still in very nice condition, as you can see. The old chocolatier's or confectioner's label remains within, and there is not a bit of damage to the hand carved wooden casket or box, either. Really something special. Fun to collect all types of chocolates boxes. You'll find a number of them among our shop listings since I always watch for them. All sold separately.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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