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Antique 19th Century French "Menier" Chocolate Box with Hand-Colored Lithograph Under Glass
A beautiful mademoiselle gazes dreamily in the distance on this charming little Chocolat Menier box. The box dates from the late 1890's.
The Menier company was a chocolate manufacturing business founded in 1816 as a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Paris, France. This took place at a time when chocolate was used as a medicinal product and was only one part of the overall business. The product grew to great popularity and the Menier company promoted their product with imaginative items bearing their name.
This gorgeous chocolate box has a body of brass, which has an ornate design pressed into the side band. The name "Chocolat Menier" was placed in the central medallion on two sides of the band. Crosshatching, arabesques and flowers float around the box for both visual and textural appeal. The lid of the box is brass, with a pretty hand-colored lithograph placed on the flat top. The colors remain fresh and luscious; the French blue, claret, gold, rose and green give a rich appearance to the scene. This lithograph is covered by glass and a 1/4" metal frame made up of tiny silver-colored metal beading.
The underneath of the lid reads, "Chocolat Menier". The inside of the box is lined with pale green silk. The bottom of the box has a metal rim and a hard paper board center, which is covered in black paper. The box measures: 4 3/4" in diameter and 2 1/4" tall.
It is in very good condition. There is no chips or cracks to the glass, the box is sound. The brass is bright and shimmering.The paper on the bottom has wear to it, but this is normal with age and usage. The metal beading frame pulls upward slightly from the glass from age and heat and cold changes. It is still attached.
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