A rare back-painted souvenir scene, the 'Bourse' (literally, 'purse'), a building that stands today in Paris and is little visited but quite interesting, all the same. This is the first object I've ever seen that boasts an image of this building. The 'Palais Brongniart', as it is also known (named for the architect) houses the stock trade, or 'agents de change' (stockbrokers) of Paris. Perhaps these were made as promotional notepads; we're unsure. The building housed the Paris stock exchange from early 1800s, and we'd put a date on this item to early to mid-1800s, so there is some chance it may have been a token offered at the opening celebration of the site. The Paris stock exchange remains active in this same building today. A wonderful little treasure - I've never seen this particular style or scene and have long collected the eglomise souvenir items of this type. Anyone else out there who has one of this building? Let us know.
Very good condition, a nod to the one missing loop into which the pencil slips to act as closure/catch. The 2 polished brass panels front and back are without dents or damage. The glass-covered miniature painting is in fine condition, no chips, damage to report. The spine of the little notebook is leather and shows age, but remains supple and in place. The interior is a notebook, no writing within - has been stored, treasured, and not used, apparently.
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