Lovely antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era eglomise souvenir casket, gilt ormolu & reverse painted thick beveled glass depicting the "Palais De Fontainebleau"! Wonderful and one of a few more of these great old French souvenir caskets that we're adding today. This one showing the entrance to Fontainebleau, vivid and colorfully hand painted on the back side of the glass and marked "Palais De Fontainebleau" over the top and "Four Des Adieux" (Farewell Court) below. The box itself in brass or gilded bronze with a machined scrolling decoration and cabriole style feet. The interior with its original tufted silk or satin lining and all wonderful, age considered.
"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.
Very good condition. Some slight bending but entirely intact. No loss or damage to the reverse painted scene, no chips or cracks to the glass. The interior lining also intact but showing some of its age. See pictures for measurements.
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