How to describe these rare and stunning reverse paintings on glass? The set of framed verre églomisé (*) paintings features two Gothic Catholic churches in Normandy, France: (1) Notre Dame de Caudebec, constructed during the 15th and early 16th centuries, and declared by Henry IV of France (1553 – 1610) as being the most beautiful chapel in his kingdom (much of the architectural detail seen in this painting was destroyed by fire and war in the 20th century) ; and (2) Cathédrale Notre Dame de Coutances, constructed from 1210 to 1274 in the town of Coutances; it incorporated the remains of an earlier Norman cathedral. The paintings are after antique lithographs of each, which I have been unable to identify. The images are done in creams and browns with gilding throughout, set against an aquamarine sky. Each includes a description in French of the subject (some of which is difficult to read). Each painting includes a gothic-style gilded border with scrolls, torches, scepters, bats, owls, griffins, and other symbols. The wooden frames are g0ld-and-silver gilt. I don’t know how old these are, but the ancient reverse painting technique experienced several revivals, the most recent having been in the 1920s. They are absolutely stunning in person; the photos don’t do them justice. See below for dimensions and condition.
(*) Verre églomisé is the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to produce a mirror finish. The technique predates Roman times and had a revival period in Italy from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The name is derived from French decorator and art-dealer Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711–1786), who was responsible for its second revival in the 18th century.
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DIMENSIONS: 14.5″ x 11.5″- Image: 11.5″ x 8.5″
CONDITION: Excellent preowned vintage condition. The dust covers, which were in tatters, have been replaced.
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