A fabulous example of the souvenirs made and sold at the 1889 Paris World Exposition, showing the entryway "Chateau d'Eau" in the larger tray at the base and images of both Notre Dame and The Madeleine of Paris, 2 of the most worldwide noted churches. The piece is a "vide poche" or quite literally "empty pocket" tray with pocket watch stand and bedside candle holders in each of the side cups. Near enough to pristine we know it's been very much treasured for these 120 or so years since some Grand Tour or Expo traveler acquired it. Remarkably unscathed by time or use. The term "eglomise" applies to the back-painted glass panels that show the architectural scenes so beloved by Paris vistitors. We're fortunate that all remain intact. The Chateau d'Eau (castle of water) is the entryway opposite the most famous part of Paris' skyline, the Eiffel Tower, which was introduced to the world at this very 1889 Paris Expo. A fabulous souvenir for your own Grand Tour. Full measurements are noted directly on our photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The miniatures are painted on the backside of glass panels. Noted sites above, each is without crack or break or chip. There is a very very slight loss of painted sky at the very top rim of the large oval panel, visible in our angled image, but rather disappears under the ormolu frame. A better than usual bamboo and beveled rim serpentine form that is topped with the backboard and hook for your most cherished pocket watch. No breaks or loss to the framework. This is as nice as they get!
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