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Antique French Metal Chromolithograph Biscuit Tin: "Biscuits Pernot" circa 1895-1900
Completely adorned by chromolithograph designs, this advertising tin is beautiful from every angle. One can almost hear the sweet music of the harp as the fashionable ladies and gentlemen, in powdered wigs and fancy clothing , dance across this extraordinary French biscuit tin.
Advertising tins such as this were produced during the late 19th century. They were designed to be reused as accessory boxes (while reminding the customer over and over of the name of the biscuit company) and great care and attention was taken to the images that adorned them.
Each side is adorned with scenes from a fancy dress ball. The two short sides portray young gentlemen in stockings bowing to beautiful ladies, asking their hand in a dance. The hinged side bears the biscuit company's name, "Pernot, a company in Dijon France. The top is gorgeous, with the fancy ball scene being depicted in French blue, orange, white and creme. Sparkling copper and gold accents give the box a jewel-like quality.
The box is an unusual and very curvy shape. The lid attaches with a hinge (original and in good working order). The interior is plain metal. The bottom is in gold and a stamp is in the center (Paris, Rue Oberkamp); the stamp is from the store in which the box was originally sold.
The tin box survives in sound and good condition. There is normal wear to the graphic design, but in consideration of the age of this box, the wear is very minimal. The shape is still intact, the lid closes properly. It measures: 7" x 4" x 2" deep. It is the perfect accessory for a French country kitchen.
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