Box of Pleasures - Bliss Configuration. [link]
Polished Iron inlaid into a hardwood base.
Now printed in the book "the Hellraiser films and their Legacy" [link]
It has long been believed that the first LeMarchand [link]
box was the Box of sorrows - This most recent find, "Box of Pleasures", may well pre-date the lament configuration by some ten years.
LeMarchand scholars are basing this assumption on the recent discovery of the journals of Auguste Girvane in the basement of a house in Nice, France - the house was undergoing repairs to the foundations when the workmen made the grisly discovery of the skeletal remains of Mons. Girvane with the journals by his side, thus ending the 260 year mystery of his dissapearance.
Auguste Girvane was a merchant of high standing with the aristocracy of both France and England, supplying them with trinkets of beauty and complexity seemingly unavailable to other merchants. This was due in part to Mons. Girvanes network of "seekers" and also his "Men of poor breeding" - violent men he used to intimidate other merchants and dealers into selling or more often "giving" their finds to Girvane, which he would then sell on for obscene amounts to any who could afford them.
According to Girvanes jounal, it was in 1741 that he first met Philip LeMrachand, a "singularly unsavoury individual". LeMarchand approached Girvanes one afternoon in the street as he alighted from his carriage at his home, and whispered to him that he had in his possesion a "treasure the likes of which mankind has never before witnessed" Thinking him to be insane, Girvane signalled to his man to remove LeMarchand from his presence, but before this could happen LeMarchand took from beneath his coat a "Box of wondrous design" that sufficiently intrigued Girvane that he allowed LeMarchand into his home in order to discover more.
Water Damage to the journals make a good many years unclear after this point - but from what can be gleaned it would appear that Girvanes attempts to sell the box proved fruitless - although the box did appear to draw in those who saw it, its depictions of torture on its outer faces simultaneously repulsed and made afraid those who gazed at them - perhaps they saw their own future in the inlays of iron... whatever the reason, the Box of Pleasures proved impossible to sell. Insenced at his failure LeMarchand was forced to re-design his box to make it more attractive to its potential buyers, and with the guidance of Girvane he did just that, giving birth to his most famous work, "The Box of Sorrows"
It would appear from his journals that Mons. Girvane had no idea of the true natures of LeMarchands boxes, a nievite that seems hard to believe, but his growing fear of LeMarchand would suggest that he knew all along of their dark purpose, and his self inflicted ignorance was no more than an attempt at convincing himself that he was not to blame for the dissapearances occurring ever more frequently with the growing popularity of the boxes amongst the decadent elite.
One day he realised that LeMarchands Popularity had grown to such a degree that he himself was no more that a background figure, almost a servant to LeMarchand, and he decided to leave. Such was his fear that his plan was to see LeMarchand off on a trip to England then escape whilst he was gone.. months were spent in planning, money was transferred overseas and property bought in an assumed name.. he believed that LeMarchand knew nothing of this and that his future was assured.
The day of LeMarchands trip arrived and Girvanes went with him to the docks to see him away - according to his journal "My heart pounded so in my chest that I felt sure that all of France must hear it" - however Lemarchand boarded his ship with no outward sign that he knew of any deception, and left for England. Girvanes then made his way home with all the speed he could muster and rushed to his rooms to collect his cases from the secret compartment in the wall where he had placed them in readiness.
The panel slid back to reveal not the carefully packed clothes he expected , but instead, on the floor with a small piece of paper next to it, was the Box of Pleasures, and on the paper in the spidery hand of LeMarchand the words "For You".
Girvanes fled his home without money or a change of clothes and vanished until his remains were found in the first days of January, 2004.
The final pages of his Journal are no more than the ramblings of a madman.. he speaks of the box and Lemarchand and the "people of blood and pain", some pages have mere unintelligible scrawl, some have many holes in them as if the pages had been stabbed with a writing implement, others appear to be stained with blood and tears.. how he found his way to Nice, and the basement of that house will forever remain a mystery.
It would appear however that his flight into madness and obscurity did not help, as when his body was removed, beneath him was found the "Box of Pleasures" as shiny and new as on the day of its making.
Made completely in photoshop-
"The Box Of Pleasures" will soon be available as a Pyramid Gallery replica -
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