This is a French Grand Tour souvenir chatelaine perfume scent bottle / mirror combination necklace with a stanhope lens depicting the Tomb or Napoleon I. The front features a reverse painted or printed "eglomise" image of Hotel des Invalides, Paris. It is a finely detailed image placed under glass which depicts the very beautiful and complete view of this popular tourist landmark destination. This is the final resting place and Tomb of Napoleon I. Utilitarian trinkets like this one served as souvenirs of the great monuments of France and could be purchased from about 1860-1880's. The oval shape design is encompassed with decorative and ornamental gilded brass. The brass work is very detailed and both elegant and ostentatious in presentation. The glass that guilds the picture is quite thick and heavily beveled. This gives a unique look to the famous landmark building as it displays a sort of opalescent shimmer that changes with the light and ones perspective to it. The reverse side of this scent bottle is a vanity mirror that is also made of thick beveled glass. Small areas of coating are missing from the back of the mirror as can be seen in the images. The whole hangs on a braided ormolu chain which has been woven of both cotton and metallic threads. The perfume lid with stopper slides along the necklace in a way that it is secure and cannot become detached or lost when opened. It also retains it's original cork for the stopper. It is in good antique condition. The glass is not cracked but shows typical light scratches or chips commonly due to manufacture and use over time. The stanhope lens peephole finds it's home in the stopper lid. It shows the Tomb of Napoleon I with a title. The stanhope is in perfect original condition and is very detailed and easy to see . We had removed and expertly cleaned the stanhope image which required no repair or restoration. This piece is completely original. It measures 79mm tall x 45mm wide x 22mm thick. The chain is about 47cm in length. All in all this is a great collectible for anyone interested in European or French history, Napoleon, Architecture, Stanhopes, Eglomise, Reverse Painting, Souvenirs and more.
A note about stanhope perfume and scent bottles: In our inventory of over 7000 stanhope items, a few dozen of them are perfume bottles. Most stanhope perfume bottles are either made of gilded brass or cut colored glass like cranberry, amber, clear or cobalt. This is the only eglomise example we have obtained in over 20 years of specializing in antique stanhopes. We know of other examples that exist but they are rare and difficult to find.
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