"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 Palais du Trocadero in Paris. Built for the 1878 World's Fair, the Palais du Trocadéro (1878-1936) was where meetings of international organizations could be held during the fair. The palace's form was that of a large concert hall with two wings and two towers; its style was a mixture of exotic and historical references, generally called "Moorish" but with some Byzantine elements. The architect was Gabriel David. The concert hall contained a large organ built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll; the first large organ to be installed in a concert hall in France (it has since been modified twice, and eventually moved in 1977 to the Auditorium Maurice Ravel in Lyon, where it is still in use today). The organ was inaugurated during the 1878 World Fair with a concert in which Charles Marie Widor played the premiere of his Symphony for Organ No. 6. Visit Paris when you can but get your souvenirs here with us!
Very good condition for age and type. There is a small flash chip to the right side panel (bottom front edge) and one to the left panel (lower rear edge) . The pressed brass framework is in very good condition, as well, age and type considered and clasp is holding tight. Measurements are 3 3/8" long, 2 3/8" deep front to back, and 2.5" tall when closed in display. It retains the original padded silk bottom padded lining inside, though it is tattered/deteriorated as you can see. The metal ‘mirrored' inside of the lid is still reflective and the hinge and clasp, both working fine. A charming box!
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