A charming family is presented in a beautifully colored lithograph which ornaments this small bonbon box. It originates from a small Parisian estate and dates towards 1860. This type of small candy box was popular during the era, holding hand picked candies from the neighborhood confiserie.
The box is made by hand, beginning by two thin wooden 1" wide rings (one for the top and one for the bottom). Each ring is set into a gilded brass band. The bands have a 1/8" tooled design of repeating arrows. The colored engraving is set atop a circle of heavy paper board. The many greens and blues are the perfect background for the small family who are traveling atop the family cow. A small group of sheep follow along, with their heads up as if looking toward a person arriving. The young lady covers the child who is sitting in a basket of hay. The little picture tells a story...one that we can use our imagination to contrive.
A glass wafer seals the engraving into place into the brass ring. The outer edges of the box are embellished with textured crimson paper. The interior of the box (showing 1/4" higher than the box bottom, is of white paper. The bottom of the box is of hard paper board. It measures: 3" in diameter, 1 3/4" high. It is in good antique condition: no chips or cracks to the glass, the engraving retains the original details and colors. The side papers and bottom of the box have darkened with age. The gilded brass is tarnished (this can be polished to gleaming). The interior has the few odd bends to the top typical of age and use.
It is such a charming box with a pastoral scene. It is always amazing that this type of box survives over 100 years. It was obviously cherished through the years, to charm another owner and hold precious candy or jewels.
Antique 19th Century French Color Lithograph BonBon Box