Of course, this is a fabulous rendition of one of Paris' most recognized and visited architectural highlights: The Pantheon. Large and rare fine mid-1800s back-painted glass (eglomise) is in superb condition for age and type and has not lost any of it's paint. The Grand Tour souvenir painting is set into the top of a remarkably fine papier mache portfolio or writer's folio that remains in lovely condition, too. I just love this type of souvenir and collect them, myself. You can imagine the joy in finding this large example. I'm very tempted to keep this one so don't wait long in making your decision or it will probably be pulled for mine. You can see people visiting the building, which is at the Sorbonne, Paris, and you can even glimpse that stunning old church, St. Etienne, to the back left of this building (be sure to go to both when you are next in Paris). Our photos show it well, and measurements are noted on the photos. It would have had a blotter pad inside originally, and is the kind of desktop item used for that purpose (place a hand-written dip pen document or letter, signature between the blotter pages, press it to absorb any extra ink from the lines so it would not get smeared). The old blotter interior is not with the piece but it's simple to get 100% cotton rag blotter paper at any fine arts supplies store and make your own. Or use it to store your own writing paper and envelopes. It can be used as a writing surface, as well. I'll enjoy it in my display armoires until you buy it away from us.
Very good condition for age and type. No breaks nor cracks nor losses to that painted glass (painted from backside: eglomise). The old folio is papier mache and is also in very good condition with a tiny nod to the corners which might have tiny nips but are rounded originally as you see them. The interior blotter pad is not still with it, or we'd likely see old signatures and writing in reverse on that (as is usually the case). The leather spine has been nicely restored/replaced with one that is supple and meant to keep this beauty functional for another century or two. It is 12" wide, and look to the photos for the rest of the measurements, please.
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