This handmade embroidery and lace sample comes from the world-famous Olibet cookie company of Bordeaux, France. It is 4 inches square, 8x4 inches when opened, and comes with its original packaging. Do please use to the zoom feature to see the intricate craftmanship! The French text on the envelope say: Special advertising of "Lux" Biscuit Embroidery & Lace Can be juxtaposed by alternating them to make: Table, Tablecloths, etc. Buffet Tops, Fireplaces, Small-Furniture, Covers, Seats, Beds, etc. etc. Curtains, blinds, Brise-Bise* etc. etc. etc. *Small curtain covering the bottom of a window
I love the multiplying etceteras in the advertising copy.
I was surprised and honored that when I emailed the Olibet Company to inquire about the dating of this promotion, I actually got a response in less than 12 hours! And if what I read is to be believed, the answer was from a member of the Olibert family itself! Aymeric Olibert wrote (French translated): "Difficult to date precisely but between 1890 and 1920. It was at this time that the company produced a lot of advertising material / packaging."
While the exact time frame can't be pinpointed, I can say with certainty that this sweet little sample is a rarity. Imagine this against a suede or velvet backdrop in a framed shadow box.
The Olibet company was started by Jean-Honoré Olibet, a Bordeaux baker. In 1860-1861 he went to London to study how to manufacture biscuits (cookies) at the industrial level. He came back home and by 1872 opened his own factory. The business expanded to the Parisian suburbs in 1879 and then another factory in Lyon in 1883. Olibet was a thriving company for almost a century. In the late 1970s it finally fell victim to American conglomeration markets.
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