"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 superb - a view of the Chateau du Eau (water) at the Palais Longchamp, France. It's in fine condition and the painted architectural scene and particularly the water, fountain, is backed with mother of pearl so it shimmers and looks like it is lighted, glowing. Souvenir of one of the main buildings in the old Palace grounds of 16th century palace of Francis 1, now part of the Bois du Bulogne, perhaps the most beautiful park in Paris. One of my favorite places for peaceful wandering in the contained wilds of Paris, it is almost a forest within the city now, 16th Arrondisement, well worth a visit now.. The box is c. 1880-1900.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. No chips or flaws to the 5 panels of thick beveled glass. The pressed brass framework is in very good condition, as well, age and type considered and clasp is holding tight. Measurements are nice and large at 3.75" long, 2.5" deep front to back, and 3" tall when closed in display. It retains the original padded silk bottom padded lining inside, though it is deteriorated as you can see. The mirrored inside of the lid is still reflective and the hinge and clasp, both working fine. A charming box!
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