An exquisite antique French children's toy double-deck card box with the most oh so charming scenes! On once side you see little children playing near a large home with curving branches with a waterfall and shell under the branches a bird cage overhead, all hand painted over lithographs on either side, the reverse features a view on-lookers and a little naked cherub or child up in a tree dangling some cherries that a young boy is trying to eat with his hands tied behind his back, his hat falling off! Oh, the French!
On either side and the top of the box is all hand painted in the typical French manner of design with French bows, roses and love birds. In very, very good condition with just a wee bit of wear showing here and there around where the top fits into the bottom half and a few slight stains. The box is made of cardboard and paper and has a slight shellacked finish. Beautiful early swirling blue paper lined and bottom with a Made in France oval sticker on the bottom, I would date it to the turn of the century (due to the sticker, because the litho and box look older). It measures approximately 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" x 2 3/4" slightly curved top.
Inside there are some vintage animal children playing cards that fit perfectly but are not original to the set. It looks fabulous displayed with my dolls but also would be an amazing addition to an box collection, specifically one of French or paper. Imagery is so fabulous, very rare and extremely charming! Dubious that I shall ever find another one quite like it again.
French in origin, late 19th century.
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