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Original Victorian shoe box from the department store “Au Bon Marché”, Paris. The box for young ladies shoes has the top of box label completely intact. Seller-Label: „Au Bon Marché * Maison A. Boucicaut * Paris * Chaussures pour Fillettes.“
Au Bon Marché ("the good market", or "the good deal" in French) is the name of one of the best known department stores in Paris, France. It is often cited as the world's first department store. The founder was Aristide Boucicaut. Émile Zola's novel Au Bonheur des Dames involved research on the store and a Zola-created character, named Octave Mouret, is said to be based on Aristide (source: Wikipedia). This beautiful dress is labelled with „Au Bon Marché * Maison A. Boucicout * Paris“. Boucicaut died in 1877 in Paris. However, his name was used some years for branded products, as this dress.
The box is for his age in very good condition. Small signs of use and age. Very, very rare to find. The decoration is not included.
Measures: ~ 10" x 5" x 3"