VUE D'OPTIQUE d'Un Arc de Triomphe tres élevé, en la Ville de Canton en la Chine
A Paris chez J. Chereau rue St Jacques aux 2 Colonnes au dessus de la Fontaine St Severin n° 257
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Jacques Chéreau in Paris circa 1760, depicting a view of a Triumphal Arch in Guangzhou - Canton (China).
During the 18th Century, several renowned establishments in Paris, London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy) were specialized in the creation of these optical views. They could be viewed alone or through a zograscope, a wooden foot surmounted by a lens which enlarged the image and accentuated the perspective effect. They could also be placed in optical boxes, the spectator then looked inside the box through the lens. This distraction was greatly appreciated in the 18th Century in the salons of the bourgeoisie and the nobility as in the countryside thanks to the hawkers.
These etchings are nowadays exhibited in museums around the world and extremely appreciated by collectors and decorators for their historical interest and their high decorative value.
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In 1514, Canton saw the Portuguese arrive by sea. They were the first Europeans to arrive in this region and established in 1517 a monopoly on foreign trade thanks to their trading post. They settled permanently in the Pearl River Delta. They were then expelled from Canton. For a century they kept a virtual monopoly on foreign trade in the region, until the arrival of the Dutch at the beginning of the 17th century, then the English at Canton, and the French from 1685 with the Company. French in the East Indies.
Canton was one of the five ports opened by the Treaty of Nanjing, signed in 1842, which marked the end of the first opium war; the other ports were Fuzhou, Xiamen, Ningbo and Shanghai.
Shamian Island was the seat of the Franco-British concession of Canton from the XIXth to the XXth century.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 262 years ago (around 1760).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view VUE D'OPTIQUE d'Un Arc de Triomphe tres élevé, en la Ville de Canton en la Chine datant de 1760 is dispatched worldwide within 24H in a Secured packaging, accompanied by its certificate of authenticity guaranteeing the name of the artists (draughtsman, engraver, editor), the impression process used (Strong water) and its date (1760).
In order to guarantee a perfect conservation in time, this strong water etching is dispatched, ready to be framed, under museum quality color passepartout (manufactured without acid in the pulp for a neutral pH) on a cream mountboard made from carton bois (also acid free & neutral pH), in a luxurious portfolio.
At the apogee of the mode for optical views, between 1750 and 1790, four European cities specialized in their edition: Paris (France), London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy).
Optical views are prized in very different social circles : pleasant recreation in aristocratic salons, the views are admired in beautiful and richly decorated optical boxes which are real works of art. The show was transformed into a real scientific experiment. But the optical views also entertained the people who were in a hurry when a hawker set up a box on a market and began to narrate the extraordinary events that had taken place in a more or less distant and inaccessible country.
There are three categories in the production of optical views.
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