"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 Chateau de Fontainebleau and inscribed so along the top, there's also smaller text in the water below that reads "L'tang des Carpes". The Royal Château de Fontainebleau is a large palace where the kings of France took their ease. It is also the site where the French royal court, from 1528 onwards, entertained the body of new ideas that became known as the Renaissance. One of the largest French royal châteaux. The medieval castle and subsequent palace served as a residence for the French monarchs from Louis VII to Napoleon III. It is now a national museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This little souvenir casket is in fine condition with just a few small loss marks to the colorful painted scene. Thick beveled glass on all sides with a gilt ormolu framework and loads of visual appeal! These little souvenir boxes are great for today’s Grand Tour traveler, too! Visit some of these landmarks and then come visit us for your genuine antique souvenir AND they look wonderful grouped together and displayed. We have quite a few available and more to come so, travel and enjoy, leave the souvenirs to us.
Very good condition for age and type. There is a flash chip to the left side panel (bottom rear corner). The pressed brass framework is in very good condition, as well, age and type considered and clasp is holding tight. Measurements are 2.5" square and 2 3/8" tall when closed in display. It retains the original padded silk bottom padded lining inside, though it is a little aged as you can see. The hinge and clasp are both working fine.
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