"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 featuring the Parisian "Les Invalides". Les Invalides, formally the Hôtel National des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids) or also as Hôtel des Invalides, is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans (the building's original purpose). The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the Dôme des Invalides, a large church, the tallest in Paris at a height of 107 meters, that houses the tombs of some of France's war heroes, most notably Napoleon Bonaparte himself. 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. There are two small flash chips, one to the lower right corner of the front and lower rear corner to the right side glass panels. 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. See pictures for measurements.
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