Wonderful antique French chocolatier or confectioner's box, a unique round shaped casket for chocolates with Empire style gilded ormolu appliqués including winged angels, cherubs or putti! Dating c.1850-1890, it is a box in the tradition of the fine chocolate and bonbon makers of France, and is meant to be a memento or keepsake after the delicious chocolate confections are consumed. To this end, we've had fine chocolates boxes in everything from tortoise shell to crystal and dore bronze, but this one is in solid wood and constructed with slats like an old barrel. This was surely a house of confection, perfect as a jewelry or decorative box now though. The earliest confectioner's boxes were all very small, showing you how the relative value of the rare 1700s imported chocolate (cocoa) became less so over time, yet still warranted a hand made and elegant box. I love this old French tradition.
Very good condition for age and type. The appliqués may have been touched up or painted with a gold but it's really beautiful. The construction is quite rare. Working lock & key. Measurements are on the photos.
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