This small object has no real comparable in current life, even though we still like sweets. While small lovely pillboxes might count, those have their own counterparts in the eighteenth century. We do not normally carry around little boxes of candies in luxurious containers today, even if we are thrilled with special chocolates brought to us at home. The bonbonnière belongs to a type of object often called an “object of vertu” in which the word vertu means virtuosity.
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