"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 is a basket-style jewelry casket with 2 hinged panels up top, each with a souvenir scene of Lyon, France. One of my favorite French cities, if you have not yet visited Lyon, do put it on your next itinerary. So much to see there.
Very good to excellent for age and type, there are no chips at all on any of the 6 panels of thick beveled glass, and no loss to the photo-gravure eglomise, either. Pressed brass ormolu framework is also fully intact, nicely preserved.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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