Elegant Rare French Antique Salt Box, Enamelware, white and black, with beautiful silk flower arrangement


Authentic and Exceptional Antique French Enamelware Salt Box
Made in France in the late 19th century (1880's)

Original, not a reproduction.
Dimensions: 10 inches high x 6.25 inches wide x 4 inches deep

Very old kitchen piece that would have hung in nearly every kitchen in France (and throughout Europe).

The word "Sel" appears on the front to set it apart from the match box, flour box, sugar pot, etc. The wooden lid is original and an indication of its early age - later pieces had enamelware lids. This charming piece is in very good condition with virtually no rusting, chips or cracks (please see the photos). I seal and polish all rust spots with museum-quality wax, the same used by the British Museum in London. The hinges are missing from the lid; they likely broke off from use over the years.

This delightful piece is highly collectible and gorgeous when hung on the kitchen wall stuffed with flowers as shown in the picture. If you'd like to purchase the salt box alone without the flower arrangement, just convo me and I'll take $15.00 off the price.

This salt box (boîte à sel) would have been part of a matching set called a "batterie de cuisine", including pots and pans, coffee pots, utensil rack, match box and others, all in the same pattern. It was very popular to have one's entire kitchen decorated in a particular pattern and color of enamelware, making everyday utensils into decoration!

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About French Enameled Ware: "Every piece, for those who can see it, has a fascinating little detail. It can be the shape or the decoration, the color of a flower, a butterfly, a bird trying to catch a bee, a landscape in winter, a sunrise, or simply the elegant curve of a handle or spout that makes it so unique. This unlimited variety of style and design makes French enameled ware so incredibly alive and charming that even people who have not seen it before have to stop and admire it. ... What makes it so special and attractive is the use of colors and wonderful designs, so close to nature or so abstract (depending on the peiod), but always striving for esthetic and artistic perfection." from French Enameled Ware for the Collector.

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