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Rare Early 1800s French Opaline and Eglomise Grand Tour Souvenir, Small Basket, 2 Architectural Views of Paris
Rare Early 1800s French Opaline and Eglomise Grand Tour Souvenir, Small Basket, 2 Architectural Views of Paris
Rare Early 1800s French Opaline and Eglomise Grand Tour Souvenir, Small Basket, 2 Architectural Views of Paris
Rare Early 1800s French Opaline and Eglomise Grand Tour Souvenir, Small Basket, 2 Architectural Views of Paris
Rare Early 1800s French Opaline and Eglomise Grand Tour Souvenir, Small Basket, 2 Architectural Views of Paris
Rare Early 1800s French Opaline and Eglomise Grand Tour Souvenir, Small Basket, 2 Architectural Views of Paris

Rare Early 1800s French Opaline and Eglomise Grand Tour Souvenir, Small Basket, 2 Architectural Views of Paris

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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 an early one, a rare purplish-white opaline glass, an ormolu cased bonbon basket with 2 lift-up lids, each with their own mother of pearl-accented 1 1/8" round architectural paintings. The two scenes are le Odelisk and Napoleon's Triumphal Arch in front of the Louvre. Photos show the fine details, condition, measurements.

Very good to excellent condtion throughout for age and type. No chips or flaws on the old early 1800s opaline glass, and no dents or losses on the intricate ormolu. The lids are not made with clasps, each side rises like a basket's sides. And the center hinge is a pin-hinge, both sides connecting but totally functional. Measurements noted on photos. The addition of mother of pearl behind sections of the paintings gives this one shimmer of rainbow at angles of view. Very pretty!