Charming antique French trompe l’oeil liquor tantalus box in the form of a stack of old leather bound books. With the look and appeal of a collection of antique volumes, but with the surprise and convenience of a liquor caddy hidden within. Opening to reveal a hidden storage within with fitted compartments. Housing a pair of stoppered liquor decanters and five shot glasses or cordial cups, all with decorative gilt edging. The tantalus is stamped inside in gold leaf : A La Marquise de Sévigné Paris. Specially made to order by the renown Parisian chocolatier. The tantalus measures 7 7/8" x 5 1/2" x 7" height. The decanters stand 6 1/8" tall, x 2 3/8" length x 2" width. The shot glasses are 2 1/8" height x 1 3/8" diameter opening. The glass liquor service is in overall good condition, no chips or cracks. One of the stoppers has a bruise to the bottom edge as shown. The caddy box showing some wear commensurate with age and use. An ideal gift, and just perfect on a desk in a private library or office setting.