"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 main entrance constructed for the 1900 Paris World Expo and inscribed in the lower left corner “Entree Principale Exposition 1900". It's in fine condition with just a bit of the paint missing from the colorful scene. The Paris World's Fair of 1900 (also known as The Exposition Universelle) was held in Paris between 15 April and 12 November. On display were many new inventions: matryoshka dolls, Diesel engines, talking film, and the telegraphone. But more importantly, the architecture and design of this World's Fair brought the wonderful Art Nouveau style into popular culture.
Very good condition for age and type. There is a small flash chip to the right side panel (bottom front edge) and one to the left panel (lower rear edge) . The pressed brass framework is in very good condition, as well, age and type considered and clasp is holding tight. Measurements are 3 3/8" long, 2 3/8" deep front to back, and 2.5" tall when closed in display. It retains the original padded silk bottom padded lining inside, though it is tattered/deteriorated as you can see. The metal ‘mirrored' inside of the lid is still reflective and the hinge and clasp, both working fine. A charming box!
Antique French Eglomise Paris Souvenir Casket, Box: “Entree Principale Exposition 1900"
$186 $265 SALE