With an outer covering of intaglio-printed silk showing classical imagery and angels, and an interior of paper in regal blue and yellow, this is one of the more striking old chocolatier's boxes we've seen Dating c.1880-1910, it is a box in the tradition of the fine chocolate and bonbon makers of France, and is meant to be a memento or keepsake after the delicious chocolate confections are consumed. To this end, we've had fine chocolates boxes in everything from tortoise shell to crystal and dore bronze, but this one is printed silk over a cotton-padded box lid, as you can see. And chromo-lithography or screen printed paper liner and bottom both refer to the "chez la Marquise de Sevigne", and the majesty of same. This was a house of confection. The box is large in size. The earliest confectioner's boxes were all very small, showing you how the relative value of the rare 1700s imported chocolate (cocoa) became less so over time, yet still warranted a hand made and elegant box. I love this old French tradition.
Very good condition for age and type, there is wear to the corners as you can see in our images. But for a paper/card/fabric and silk box, it's held up well. Must have been treasured well over the century. Due to the fragile nature of these, they become less and less available as the centuries pass. Collect them - they're going up in value all the time. Measurements are on the photos.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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