Always fascinated by the French tradition of packaging, perhaps none more fun than the old presentation boxes made specifically for the confections and chocolates of early to mid-1800s. Of finest reputation and history is the Boissier firm, and weâve found true masterpieces with their company name, to include one many years back in fine tortoise shell that I sure wish I still owned. No firm commanded higher accolade nor prices nor audience than the Boissier firm, Paris. The box you see here is from the Napoleon III era, c.1850-70, and shows the design influence of Empress Eugenie and her love of "Chinoise, Japonaise, Asian decor. It is made like the period Chinese boxes, and might well have been commissions from same - note the mother of pearl rounds inlaid. Nice from all angles of view. You still see that tradition of finely crafted keepsake box or container meant to remain after the chocolates were consumed, a memento from the giver. One can still find the best chocolatier firms in France and they still carry on tradition of masterful presentation. Such a fun history to collect and display. Chocolates being at that time only something the wealthy could afford, one thinks of similar goods by Hermes, Puiforcat, Odiot, top names in their respective industries. No finer name than Boissier, Paris.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, even the old original Boissier sticker remains on this one's interior. Very nice preservation, the box is light in weight (typical of chocolatier's boxes) and while it once had a working lock and key, you'll note that the actual lock mechanism has been removed from this one (interior, shown in photos) and would need to be replaced if you intend to lock away your chocolates as was once done. Full measurements noted on the photos.