Today when you go to one of those fabulous old European cathedrals, they all seem to have those commemorative coin machines and a small souvenir shop selling basically the same things. My daughter Ashley loved them and, I admit, it was somewhat of a must for all of to fall into collecting them as proof of our own Grand Tour. This was the souvenir coin of the time, much finer and more elaborate and would have been what the real Grand Tour traveler would have picked up in a place or two if their means could support the habit. Small plaques, medallions and benitiers or Holy water fonts made in this style, with the thick bronze backing and hang ring or, in this case, an easel stand. The facade most often in green or white onyx and framed in champleve enamel inlaid bronze. This piece with a solitary medallion in the center, it appears to be silver plated but I can't be sure and is accented with gold around the crowns and stars. Initials of the master artist and or foundry mark at the lower left and right, "G.D" and "Ex Brayat" (I believe). A lovely piece!
Very good to excellent condition. I really see no flaws to note, we've added quite a few enlarged pictures so look and enjoy. See pictures for measurements.
Antique French Napoleon III Champleve Enamel & Green Onyx Plaque, "Madonna Di Pompei" Medallion
$172 $245 SALE