A lovely little token from France during what is known as the 'Grand Tour' where the newly wealthy would purchase items as remembrance souvenirs from their travels. Here is quite a little bon bon box, all hand made of cardboard with little embellishments on the corners and surround, the original Dresden paper still inside the box and even on the lid with additional fancy paper detailing. A lightly convex glass reverse painted print of the Arc in Paris in oval is showcased in the center of the box's lid, framed in Dresden paper trim.
Finding early ephemera like this is becoming harder to acquire in any kind of condition since these very fancy boxes were so much of the time thrown out. They were used for chocolates but I see no evidence of that remaining inside. So it's a pretty rare survivor with all of the original embossed trimming and all of Dresden lace trim inside as well.
Small enough to use in doll display, as you see it being modeled by a Bru in the last photo (she is not included in the sale). Or, a French mignonette would be very comfortable housed inside. As a paper object it does show some wear to the edges and minor discoloration to the trim as well as some paint that has come off around the edge from age but there are no no chips or cracks to the glass. Please refer to photos for details and approximate measurements. French in origin, circa mid-1800s.
Antique French Grand Tour Eglomise Paper Box
$100 $159 SALE