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This is a beautiful rare French antique box with its makers stamp inside.
This box was originally made to be given as a luxurious gift filled with chocolates or confectionery. It is a wonderful object of French social history and it now makes a beautiful jewellery box!
The box was made in Paris, France, by Francois Marquis. Marquis had a chocolate and confectionery house which was founded in 1818 at 59 Passage Des Panoramas, Paris. He later opened another house at 44 Rue Vivienne, Paris.
Marquis had beautiful boxes made for his chocolates and confectionery. Among'st these were embroidered silk and wooden boxes, examples of which can be found on the internet. We have not found any other examples of leather covered boxes by Marquis. This particular box of his is rare and possibly unique.
Edwardian. Circa 1900.
This box has a deep brown, textured leather finish, and embossed gold detail around the lid and base.
The bottom of the box has its original vinyl covering and conical gold metal feet.
There is an inset brass escutcheon to the keyhole and the box is complete with its original brass lock and brass piano hinge. This is a quality stop hinge which prevents the lid from falling back.
Please note there is no key.
The interior has a single storage compartment. This and also the inside of the lid, have their original padded silk panels and silk linings. The silk is a lovely chocolate brown shade and it compliments the colour of the leather.
The silk panel to the inside of the lid has its original gold lettered makers stamp.
This lovely box is in very good condition for its 100 plus years of age. It is structurally sound and has no damage. The leather has minor wear from age and handling, and a faint dull patch on the lid which is not overly noticeable. The brass keyhole escutcheon is slightly out of position but still secure. The interior silk is still lovely with a just a few areas that have small pulls/fraying.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
Length: 19.4cm (across base)
Width: 15.8cm (across base)
15.0 by 11.3cm with a 4.5cm depth.
This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Next Day Special Delivery.
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Postage is by Royal Mail International Tracked.
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