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Vintage French Luxury Chocolate Candy Box from Marquis of Paris
This empty candy box from Francois Marquis of Paris is perfect for storing postcards and ephemera! It measures about 7 x 5 inches on the bottom. From the outside edge to the rounded top is about 2.25 inches deep. I'm going to have to let the pictures do most of the talking. I don't know if this is what you'd call a papier mache box or not. What I do know is that although some of the edges of the paper are chippy and shabby chic, this box has such a strong, solid substantial feel. Opening/closing the lid, handling it to take the photos, it doesn't feel fragile. I think you could proudly display it on your coffee table (filled with FrenchKissed postcards, of course:) and be comfortable with visitors handling it. Note the small golden brad 'feet' on the bottom of the box. Inside is the embossed logo featuring honey bees! This isn't a toss-away candy box, but a luxury keepsake, which Marquis was known for. From my online research, I discovered they were quite the advertising promoters, with their logo on candy boxes (lacquered Chinese boxes, silk boxes and even cane boxes) as well as women's purses, hand fans, bronze medals, sewing kits and of course, postcards! Here are a few historical tidbits about this chocolatier. Marquis opened a chocolate and confectionery factory in Paris in 1818 and those delights were made and sold at two locations, tea and coffee shops just down the street and around the corner from one another, Rue Vivienne and Passage of the Panoramas, No. 59. Marquis would eventually have seven more shops in Paris. Sadly, the iconic name and brand would shut its doors by the 1960s. So at the very newest, this box could be from the late 1950s to early 1960s. I'm rather obsessive about dating something but I couldn't find anything in English or French to help me narrow the date for this item. I do wonder about the paper design, which has African overtones, in my opinion. In the 1960s is when France's former African colonies were fighting for independence, so I can't picture a business promoting an item like this during war times. Antique or vintage, it's oozes charm and warmth in these rich brown colors.
NOTE: Items in the candy box are not included; listed separately.
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