A very unusual small box, it has the shape of a shield. It originates from a small French collection purchased near Amiens, France. It dates towards 1860.
This scene is reverse painted onto the underside of the glass. This means that the scene is painted in backward layers than in typical paintings. The fine details are painted first with the background being applied last. This produces a luminescent painting which seems to float under the glass. This is a religious scene, perhaps celebrating a first communion. The box form itself is of hard paper board. Black paper with tiny gilt stars (the gilt has worn away slightly) covers the sides. Gilded paper folds over the sides onto the glass to seal the glass into place. The bottom of the box is covered in green paper placed over a gilt paper background. The interior is simple white.
It measures 2" wide at the widest point and 2" high, 1/2" thick. It is in good antique condition; there is one tiny section of paint at the lower bottom point which has worn away. The corners have wear in consistency with age and use.
It is a lovely fixe sous verre example.
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