"Eglomise" is the term applied to the back-painted glass panels in these old French souvenirs. Most of them date 1800s, though they were made up through about 1910 in this manner, too. Later ones often have a photo set in instead. The early ones are our favorites, sometimes a screened ink-line like drawing that is then hand colored, or sometimes a full miniature painting original, all worked on the back side of a panel or convex plaque of glass. There are sometimes open spots left and a final step is application of thin mother of pearl panels so that the windows shimmer with pearlescent light, or architectural details are pearl - you can see how fun those are. I'm listing a whole collection from this genre, one at a time, so will just give the barest detail of each as we move through the collection.
This one shows a souvenir image of Mont Saint-Michel, France, the tide-dependent protected island city on the western coastline that draws tourists' admiration and awe even today. A splendid image, and a larger 6.5" wide vitrine jewelry box with 7 panels of that thick beveled glass, and not a bit of chips, nips, cracks or damage to disclose. Fabulous later 1800s box, it has lost the original thickly padded bottom liner, but presents as a fabulous souvenir as it is for your own Grand Tour. Travel! Collect!
Very good to excellent without chips or nips on those 7 glass panels. Smooth bevel ridges, even. The view of Mont Saint-Michel is a lovely late 1800s one, complete with village and memories. Hinge is working well. No breaks to the brass framework, either. Lovely old thing, isn't it! Measurements noted on the images.
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