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Boîte à gâteaux Polo: French Gaufrette Tin circa 1895-1910
This shimmering and colorful gaufrette (thin, crisp French wafer) is beautiful from every angle. It's enthusiastic design reflects an era of warm kitchens, hot cafe and tea and delicious afternoon cookies.
The design on every side of the box was produced using tôle lithograph. Each individual design would have been etched into a metal plate and then applied to the tin box. The top of the box, with a gleaming copper background has a circular cut out which reveals young polo players and their horses, riding fast to win the match. The front side depicts the gaufrettes that would have been found inside (which look delicious). The left side holds a picture one of the factories and towns where the biscuits were produced (Pantin-Seine), the right side depicts a second location (Villette). The back depicts the same view as the front panel. The box measures: 7 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 2 1/8" tall.
The box is in very good condition. The colors remain bright and fresh, there is slight wear to each side, but nothing effecting the overall designs.
It would be a charming accent to a French country kitchen.
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