"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 Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere and inscribed as such along the top. The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (French: Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière) is a minor basilica in Lyon. It was built with private funds between 1872 and 1884 in a dominant position overlooking the city. The site it occupies was once the Roman forum of Trajan, the forum vetus (old forum), thus its name. Fourvière is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, to whom is attributed the salvation of the city of Lyon from the bubonic plague, the Black Death, that swept Europe in 1643. Each year in early December (December 8, day of the Immaculate Conception), Lyon thanks the Virgin for saving the city by lighting candles throughout the city, in what is called the Fête des Lumières or the Festival of Lights. The Virgin is also credited with saving the city a number of other times, such as from a Cholera epidemic in 1832, and from Prussian invasion in 1870.
This little souvenir casket is in wonderful condition with just a few losses 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. No chips to the glass panels that I can see. The pressed brass framework is in very good condition, as well, age and type considered and clasp is holding tight. Measurements are 2 3/8" square and 2 3/8" tall when closed in display. It retains the original padded silk bottom padded lining inside, though it is somewhat tattered/deteriorated as you can see. Hinge and clasp are both working fine.
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