French Antique Enamelware Salt and Match Box Set, Rare matching pair, Blue & White, c. 1900, Valentines gift, Embossed decor, Wall Decor

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Authentic and Exceptional Pair of Antique French Enamelware Salt and Match Boxes
Made in France in the late 19th century/early 20th century (1880-1910)
Elegant and uncommon design make this pair highly collectible.

Original, not a reproduction.

Very old kitchen pieces that would have hung in nearly every kitchen in France (and throughout Europe). They would have been part of a "batterie de cuisine", a kitchen set, including pots and pans, coffee pots, utensil rack, match box and others, all in the same pattern. It was de rigeur to have one's entire kitchen decorated in a particular pattern and color of enamelware, making everyday utensils into decoration!

This beautiful pair is white and pale blue with ornate gilded script, "Sel" and "Allumettes" (Salt and Matches, in French), on the front to set them apart from the onion, flour, sugar, coffee, spices, etc. The match box still has its original strike pad for lighting the matches.

These are particularly elegant with embossed scalloped edges trimmed in gold filet and pale blue. Hung near the stove, the matches were nearby for starting the fire; while the salt would be scooped out by the cook to sprinkle into dishes as they cooked.

This exceptional pair is in excellent condition with wear consistent with its antique age. This salt and match box pair are highly collectible and gorgeous when hung together on the kitchen wall!

Dimensions:

Match Box:
7.5 inches high
5.5 inches wide
2 3/4 inches deep

Salt Box:
8.5 inches high
4.5 inches wide
4 inches deep

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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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Absolutely beautiful and mint condition!


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