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Rare Antique French Boissier Chocolatier's Confection Box, Brass Strapped Suitcase or Steamer Trunk Form c. 1900
Fabulous antique French Boissier marked chocolatier's or confectioner's box, casket in the form of an old brass strapped suitcase or travel trunk in superb condition and with wonderful visual & decorative appeal! 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. A marvelous piece here, don't miss it!
Very good condition! It would likely have had a wax paper lining to protect the sweets inside, now it is simply the raw wood. There are two brass pieces missing from the bottom back of the box (right angle pieces that would have been at the bottom of the wood 'straps'). No other damage to note. See pictures for measurements.
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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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