"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 a bit newer than our others, the 'souvenir' scene on the lid appears to be a photo or engraving rather than hand painted though does have some hand coloring to it. It shows the world famous cathedral or "Basilique du Sacre-Coeur". The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark and the second most visited monument in Paris, the basilica stands at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur Basilica is above all a religious (Catholic) building, shown by its perpetual adoration of the Holy Eucharist since 1885, and is also seen as a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and for the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular devotion since the visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in Paray-le-Monial. The basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914. The basilica was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919. 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. No chips or damage to the glass lid panel. The original interior is intact and near pristine. See pictures for measurements.
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