RARE Antique French Jewelry Box, Chocolatier's Confection Casket, "Boissier", PARIS. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure.No reproduction without prior written consent. We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers. From my own collection of Antique French chocolatier's and confectioner's presentation boxes, this is a favorite! "BOISSIER, Paris", probably the preeminent maker of fine confections and chocolates of the entire 19th century, was a firm of such elegance and cachet, their boxes stand well above others, and the most coveted of all are those which have the company engraved on the lock plate, as is the case with this one. This one might well be of quality and rarity enough to end up there, as well. It dates to the Napoleon III era, c. 1850-70s, and is in rare fine condition, to include the presence of working lock and original key. The gift was the flavor, the decadence of the French chocolatier's creation, though - make no mistake. The confectioner's boxes are usually light in weight, earlier ones made in card and with glass panels and paintings - bonboniere.
This one has beautifully cast edging, cabriole legs and the cartouche which shows a hand painted porcelain "Old Paris" plaque which remains undamaged. Measurements noted on the photos.Very good to excellent condition for age and type, a masterpiece as these go. And typical of the Boissier boxes.
The interior blue silk satin lining shows age and wear but is not shredded nor stained. The papered bottom shows that the bottom board of the coffers has a split from age.
The exterior of the box is just gorgeous, no chips nor cracks. I will note that one leg seems slightly unaligned, so that it will need a small bead of felt or silicone to make the 4 legs rest evenly on a tabletop. Very simple - I can do that before sending out, if you'd like, but do want to mention it. No flaws to the appliqués, edging or cartouche. Escutcheon is also excellent and presence of the working lock and key is also superb, and rare.Top hats and tuxedo, elegant gowns and horse-drawn carriages, Palais Royal for Opera. Can't you just see it! We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important!
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