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Handmade boxes were sold by the very finest Confiserie stores of Paris during the late nineteenth century (1860-1880). As they were handmade, they were unique and luxurious: they were made to be treasured. This example has a charming egg shape. The box originates from Paris.
This beautiful box has a hard board base which has been covered on the exterior with a wide fabric ribbon. It has a double lining, which is covered in ivory silk. The bottom inside of the box is lined with ivory fabric. There is a 1/4" band of fabric/metallic braid at the bottom edge.
The lid has a very beautiful color lithograph scene which has been placed under glass. We see a group of young people picking apples from a tall tree. Two young men have climbed up the ladder and hand the apples down to two young ladies and two little girls. The scene is very detailed and charming: the colors are exceptionally rich. There is 1/4" band of metallic braid which finishes the edge of the lid and seals the glass into place. The inside of the lid is lined with ivory silk.
The very bottom of the box is lined in pink paper of hard board. The box measures:3 3/8" x 2 3/4", 1 7/8" tall and 1 1/2" deep. It is in good antique condition in accordance with age. There is fraying to the interior silk, the outer ribbon has darkened with age, you can see the darkening to the ribbon where it was glued (the seam). The glass has some scratching in accordance with use but the scene remains very visible and bright underneath.
It is always amazing to find these little boxes in such useable condition; their delicate nature does not often preserve them through the passage of time. This little treasure would be charming on a dresser tray, or for use to serve beloved guests small sweets.
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Antique Nineteenth Century French Bonbon Box w/Color Lithograph under Glass
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings