"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.
Circa 1900 - 1910 Eglomise box or jewelry casket showing a back-painted scene of Camp d'Antibes. Backed in mother of pearl, there is a lto of shimmer to the buildings on this old souvenir, and with a slightly different style, flat glass in all 4 side panels that is draped in a garland of pressed brass flowers to decorate them. The top is a thick beveled glass panel, more typical of the genre. Nicely preserved.
Very good condition, no chips to disclose and no cracks. The glass panels are all in very good condition as is the pressed brass ormolu framework that includes rather deep cast or pressed floral garlands. Measurements are noted on photos.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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