"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 is wonderful - a view of "La Madeleine" or L'église de la Madeleine, more formally, L'église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine is a Catholic church occupying a commanding position in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The Madeleine Church was designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army. To its south lies the Place de la Concorde, to the east is the Place Vendôme, and to the west Saint-Augustin, Paris.
Very good condition for age and type. There is a small flash chip to the front bottom corner of the right side 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 original with just a bit of splitting to the fabric and I see no loss of the paint on the eglomise lid. See pictures for measurements. A charming box!
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