I love the old boxes! I love that the French packaged things with an eye to the aesthetic and souvenir a simple presentation box could be for the gift recipient. This one, a chocolates box, chocolatier's or confectioner's box, would have originally held bonbons, special confections and chocolates. One would have found them near the Palais Royal theatrical venue or the Opera Garnier, or where a grand performance, (or a charming evening's 'date') was about to play out. The boxes ranged from the c.1700's glass-topped little hand painted cardboard rounds, etc., and through to fabulous tortoise shell boxes (Boissier's engraved lock plate on several, as example, mid-1800s). I always look for these, and I know you do, too. This one is Napoleon III era, c.1850-70, or very slightly later.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The box is thick card covered with a wonderful deep hot pink and black striped paper. Mounted with bright gold brass alloy ormolu (pressed brass, not Dore bronze). The little latch is hinged and is working fine. Nicely preserved, it rises on 4 little bun feet. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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