I love the old chocolates or confections gift boxes! This is another early 1800s French one, in the 'eglomise' style we know to have been a French industry, and yet I rather think it shows an image of a church in England. I'm not certain of which one, and would have to look a bit since I didn't automatically recognize it. If you do, let me know. Might be in France. But the decorators and packaging companies working these type of items entirely by hand in the 1800s did work up international business. We do see English scenes done by French artisans in this back-painted glass image souvenir method. That said, it is or was a box for bonbons, early and very pricey chocolate confections. The French still have the tradition of elegant boxes and presentation for their goods, don't they, but it's a very long tradition, indeed. Charming! The box is a decorated cardboard box with that back-painted glass painting up top as cartouche. It's survived quite well, and while this one doesn't have a label for the candies firm, we're certain of its initial function. We've long collected and sold them, and know histories of several of the top French chocolatiers including Boissier, etc., and will be listing several fabulous old Boissier marked confections boxes soon (sold separately). Fun to collect! I mean, who doesn't love chocolates and/or the history of that magical concoction. Very expensive delicacy in its early years, these souvenir boxes were meant to be a memento of the gift to be kept and cherished.
Very good condition for age and type.
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