Among the four traditional core disciplines of woodworking that are carpentry, cabinetmaking, woodturning and box making, the latter is usually considered by experts the most demanding and tricky of all.
It is in large part thanks to the remarkable box making skills of the craftsmen working in its workshops that Maison Martin, the forerunner of Maison Goyard, achieved its status as the go to name in late 18th century Paris.
As soon as it was founded in 1792, Pierre-François Martin proved keen to develop new techniques, and placed special emphasis on case-making, which was then in high demand to safely store works of art, musical and scientific instruments, pistols or fine jewellery.
The delicate art of case-making was at the very heart of François Goyard’s training when he started working as a young apprentice to Pierre-François Martin in 1845, and remained one of the fundamentals of his very own Maison, which he started in 1853.
Maison Goyard continues to introduce new pieces drawing upon this rich and authentic heritage, and proudly upholds the practice of exceptional craft skills, both traditional and contemporary, as the special order case designed in exclusivity for the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), the oldest institution in the world created in 864, exemplify.
Made of poplar wood covered in Goyardine canvas, and entirely lined with red full grain calf leather, it is designed to store two authentic treasures: an extremely rare and precious 1-kilogram-coin made of finely engraved pure gold, and adorned with a red crystal cabochon by Baccarat, which also crafted the exquisite clear crystal octagon used as a stand for the coin.
The entirely handmade case took 72 hours to complete, and also required an additional 60 hours for the display trays.
It comes with a special leather holder, in which the octagon just slips right in, a magnifying glass, a pair of handling gloves, and a key.
A numbered booklet certifies its authenticity.