Lovely antique French Napoleon III era Grand Tour style souvenir pocket watch or pendant casket, box or vitrine in gilt ormolu & thick beveled glass with eglomise scene of the "Chateau des Papes"! "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 wonderful - a view of the famous French landmark the Chateau des Papes or Palais des Papes in Avignon. From 1309 to 1370, Avignon, instead of Rome, was the seat of the Catholic papacy. Between those dates, a total of seven popes, all French, resided in Avignon as a result of the ill-feeling between King Philip IV and the preceding popes. The Palais des Papes is where these seven “Avignon Popes” reigned. For your 15.50 EUR (17.50 USD), you can see the wonders of the largest Gothic building constructed in the Middle Ages. Note, as you walk around, how the sections built for Pope Clement VI are markedly more extravagant than other sections - a nod to his taste for the finer things.
Very good condition for age and type. I see no chips or cracks to any of the glass panels and there are no losses to the reverse painted front panel. The pressed brass framework is in very good condition, as well, age and type considered and clasp is holding tight. Measurements are 2 5/8" square at the bottom and 4 3/4" tall when handle is up for display. It retains the original tufted silk padded lining inside, though it does have a bit of splitting on the back right side as you can see.
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