One would expect to see this on Marie-Antoinette's game table. Very rare 18th century French confectioner's or chocolatier's presentation box, dates to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette era, and was meant to be used as a gaming box after the confections or chocolates had been consumed. One of the most charming traditions in France, which does continue, packaging was and is an art unmatched elsewhere. Entire industries in box-making have always continued. This one, as others of its era and type, is made of card and paper, with tops of hand embroidered samplers - 4 in all. The paper-lined lift-out boxes would have been originally filled with bonbons, and the box meant to be souvenir of the delicious experience and gift. Obviously, this one was cared for as the treasure it truly is. Beautifully crafted, silk embroidery on open weave canvas on all 5 boxes. A tiny seller's stamp on papered bottom remains. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, these are typically fragile, yet this one hasn't much by way of flaws - a true museum piece. Metal bun feet and button on front elevate it further, still. The knob makes me think it might have had a paper hinge for the top, though no evidence of it remains, so perhaps not. As you see, top lifts off, revealing the 4 pristine inner boxes, intended to be used as gambling chip boxes for games and card games later on, memento of a gift of chocolatier's finest treats.