"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 - an expansive view of the Paris Opera Garnier. The Palais Garnier or Opéra Garnier is an opera house at the Place de l'Opéra in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was built for the Paris Opera from 1861 to 1875 at the behest of Emperor Napoleon III. Initially referred to as "le nouvel Opéra de Paris" (the new Paris Opera), it soon became known as the Palais Garner in acknowledgment of its extraordinary opulence and the architect Charles Garnier's plans and designs, which are representative of the Napoleon III style. It was the primary theatre of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when a new opera house, the Opéra Bastille, opened at the Place de la Bastille. The company now uses the Palais Garnier mainly for ballet. The theatre has been an historical monument of France since 1923. One of a group of wonderful old French eglomise souvenir caskets that we recently acquired so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Although we can't quite travel to France yet, we can dream. Visit again mentally and get your souvenirs here with us. Thanks!
Very good condition for age and type. Possibly a tiny nip or two to the glass panels but no larger chips or damage. The pressed brass framework is in very good condition, as well, age and type considered and clasp is holding tight. The original interior is intact but quite tattered. There are a few small spots of paint loss or separation on the eglomise lid panel along the edges. See pictures for measurements.
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