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This enchanting box celebrates the birth of a girl, Anne-Marie on March 31, 1935. Boxes such as this were custom made and sold in the fine Confiseries of Paris during the late nineteenth to early twentieth century.
The central, raised lithograph medallion depicts a noble couple, in 18th century costume celebrating the birth of their newborn baby. The little brother hides behind his mother's skirts, Friends tip hats and stand on tiptoe to get the first look at the precious baby. A gentleman plays music and the world seems to stop for just a moment and take in the happy family scene. The lithograph is bordered by fancy gilt metal braid, metal rope braid borders the outer rim of the lid. There are two fine metal tassels at the front center.
The box itself is made of hard paper board which is covered in a dusty rose pink paper. The bottom of the box is covered in gilt paper. The interior has the baby's name hand written in gilt along with her birthday. There is a foil seal from "Martial Dragiste", the name of the Confiserie of which the box was ordered. The interior is lined in white paper.
The box measures: 10" x 6" x 1 1/2" tall. The medallion measures 7 1/2" x 3 1/4" oval. The interior is 1 1/4" deep. The box survives in amazing condition, with only slight darkening to the pink paper from age. The lithograph is as brilliant as when it was new. The metal braid in very good condition.
This is a precious box, and historically interesting as it dates to a specific person in Paris at a specific time. One can't help but wonder about Anne Marie, who would now be 77 years of age.
Commemorative French Bonbon Box w/ Color Lithograph Medallion
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings