"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 shows some age but is wonderful - a view of the "Palais de L' Electricite" constructed for the 1900 Paris World Expo and inscribed as such across the top of the scene. It's in fine condition with just a bit of the paint missing from the colorful scene. The Paris World's Fair of 1900 (also known as The Exposition Universelle) was held in Paris between 15 April and 12 November. On display were many new inventions: matryoshka dolls, Diesel engines, talking film, and the telegraphone. But more importantly, the architecture and design of this World's Fair brought the wonderful Art Nouveau style into popular culture.
Very good condition for age and type. There is a small flash chip to the lower right corner of the front clear glass panel. The pressed brass framework is in very good condition, as well, age and type considered and clasp is holding tight. The inner lining is likely a replacement with 'jeweled' tufting. See pictures for measurements. A charming box!
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