"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.
One of my favorite cities in France, Lyon offers much to the tourist. This little souvenir jewelry casket from late 1800s shows you one of those surrounding the main square downtown, "Hotel de Ville, Lyon", noted on the image. There is a fabulous restaurant on corner front right of this square's image, where I had what is to date the best pizza ever. And their fois gras was to die for, too. But I digress. Such are the memories, though, that are generated and kept with the tradition of these souvenirs. So much nicer than today's cheap t-shirts (Made in China), don't you agree?
Very good condition for age and type, the painting up on that thick beveled glass top is excellent, so charming, and fully intact. Generous use of mother of pearl slivers behind the line drawing, the building has a shimmering pearlescent surface. Very appealing throughout. No chips, no nips on beveled rim even, and no cracks. The interior lining is still there, though the silk is tattered. The pressed brass ormolu framework has no breaks or flaws. Hinges and clasp all working fine. Measurements noted on the photos.
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