We've just bought the collection of a longtime good customer, and will have 31 pieces in all listing soon. Each sold separately. The term, "eglomise" refers to a decorative technique of painting on the backside of glass. These are each little works of art. The collection varies from c.1830-1890. Will describe each as listed:
This is a Grand Tour Paris Expo, 1889, Souvenir. That was the World Expo for which the Eiffel Tower was created, and it stood as an entrance of sorts to the Champs du Mar Expo grounds that stretched out behind it all the way to the Ecole Militáire. This charming little jewelry box, casket, would have been a curio bought at that Paris event, possibly the most famous Paris Expo ever. A more elaborate than usual one, the deep beveled glass top with back-painted scene shows an aerial view and would have the perspective only possible from a hot air balloon. A big oval, the box of which is deep and heavy pressed brass with dancing children in bas relief, raised on ornate little cabriole legs, it's a show-stopper!
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. There are no nips, chips, cracks or disruption to the thick beveled glass, and no dents nor damage to the body of the box. This is quite rare. There is a tiny flaw, flaked paint there in the sky, very small in normal view. The interior retains the original claret (wine) red silk satin thick padded lining. For some reason it was difficult to get a clear photo in our cloudy stormy CA weather so I've lightened one so you can see the tufted interior. The patina of the metal is wonderful, and shows age but also highlights. Very well preserved through time, it is more than 130 years old now. Measurements on photos, but it is 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" oval and stands 2 1/2" tall when closed.
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