"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.
A little ring box sized souvenir box, this one has a mother of pearl-backed painting of Invalides, the final resting place of Napoleon (Napoleon's Tomb). Oblong form with pressed brass sides/body, thick beveled glass top, this one is a charming little treasure, but it does have some of the back-painted flaking that sometimes shows up in these. Still, very charming and with the original silk satin lining fully intact.
Some flaking to the paint on backside of the glass, but no other flaws to note. No chips, no cracks, no damage or loss to the pressed brass body of the box nor the silk lining which is original. Backed in mother of pearl, the building shimmers in pearlescent color.
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