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Antique French Bonbon Box w/signed Watercolor Painting Under Glass
An exquisite jewel of a box, it has a watercolor painting under glass (signed) by Joseph Emmanuel van Driesten (1853-?). Van Driesten is a renowned Dutch painter famous for his watercolor of "Waterloo". The box originates from Paris and dates from 1880-1890. This box would have been custom made to be sold in a very fine and expensive "confiserie" and would have held hand-picked sweets.
The very colorful and enchanting scene on the lid depicts a happy day in a country village setting Pure white horses pull a fine carriage through the street, children are playing, villagers are gossiping and a handsome musketeer waves to the frolicking children. Taking close look into the scene, the viewer is drawn to the beautiful atmosphere of the sunny spring day. The people and scenery are depicted with great detail. Care has been taken with facial expressions as well as the specific clothing pieces from the different characters and their walks of life.
The water color scene is placed under thick glass and set into place with a fine brass mount. The edges of the wooden-base lid are covered in fine damask fabric. The interior of the lid is lined in creme colored moiré silk. The base of the box is also of wood, covered in fine damask fabric. It has an interior liner, which is covered in creme colored moiré silk. The very outside bottom is covered in green fabric.
It has survived in amazing condition, with minimal wear. The glass has no chips or cracks. The fabric has light wear to the top edges but is in overall excellent condition, retaining it's original colors. The silk lining is in very good condition. The painting retains the original brilliant hues and has no loss of detail. The measurements are: 5" in diameter, 2" tall and 1 1/2" deep.
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