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The Chrysanthemum Box
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Chrysanthemum Box. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

This design is one of a family of box designs which can be used to make a Chinese Sewing Kit or Zhen Xian Bao.

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The earliest diagrams for this design that I am aware of appear in 'Illustrated Paperfolding' (????) by Shaolie Gui, which was published in Shanghai in 1914. Information from Juan Gimeno and Joan Sallas.

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The earliest publication of this design in the West that I am aware of is under the title of 'Le Sachet a Foulards' (The Box for Scarves) in 'La Nature' 2866 of 1st October 1931.

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The design also appears, as 'Flowered Candy Box' in 'The Art of Chinese Paper folding for Young and Old' by Maying Soong, which was published by Harcourt Brace and Company in New York in 1948.

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