A magnificent large coin purse, dating mid-1800s, (c.1850-70) with miniature paintings of architectural icons of Paris - a souvenir of the Grand Tour, and in remarkably fine condition for age and type. The 5 views are, from center and then clockwise: The Tuileries Palace (large oval), the Madaleine Cathedral, the Concord, the Arch de Triomphe (Napoleon's) and the Place Vendome. Engraved and gilded brass front and back, and body of the purse remain without dnets or damage, though some of the gilt has worn thorugh at high points on the white metal frame, as you can see in our images. We have done nothing to polish or improve the frame or the front and back panels, so it might improve a bit if you wish to try, but we think it's just wonderful as it is. The interior retains the original pleated/baffled red silk lining, though it's a little tattered, which is almost always the case in these very old ones. Each miniature painting is done on the back of glass, 'eglomise' is the term used for that process of back-painted glass. None of the paint is missing or flaked on any of the 5 wonderful scenes, and there is not any damage to any of the glass panels, either, which is VERY rare in these old ones. A superb find!
Very good to excellent for age and type, as noted above and in our images.
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Antique French Souvenir Coin Purse, 5 Eglomise Views of Paris c. 1850-70
$627 $895 SALE