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Optical view of the Temple of the Snake in Juida (China)

XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Circa 1760

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1760Time of Louis XV
  • Date : circa 1760
  • Period : 18th century
  • Time : Louis XV
  • Technique : Strong water etching
  • Support : Laid paper
  • Publisher : s.n.
  • Place of publication : Paris
  • Passepartout : 50.0 x 65.0 cm
  • Sheet : 31.0 x 45.0 cm
  • Plate : 28.0 x 44.0 cm
  • Inventory number : FR-3023
500.00€
(Frame not included)
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  • Passepartout included
  • Portfolio exacompta

Original title

Vue du superbe Temple du Serpent dans la Ville de Juida a la Chine

Description

XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Circa 1760, depicting a view of the Temple of the Snake in Juida (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.

Museums & Archives

The MUCEM : Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (Marseille, France) owns a copy of this optical view in its collections. For more details on this print please consult the site : Vue du superbe temple du serpent dans la ville de juida a la chine

Condition report

  • Left margin trimmed
  • Right margin trimmed
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Qing Dynasty

The reigns of Yongzheng (from 1723 to 1735) and Qianlong (1735-1796) are considered the zenith of the power of the Qing Empire, which then stretched over 13 million square kilometers. Authoritarian administrator, Yongzheng reformed the imperial exam and punished financial corruption and the trafficking of coins among civil servants. In 1733, the Emperor created the Grand Council, which served as the decision-making body of the imperial court. When Yongzheng died, his son Hongli succeeded him under the name of Qianlong Reign. A competent general, he staged revolts in Xinjiang, Tibet, Sichuan and Mongolia.

In 1788 and 1791, the Gurkhas invaded Tibet. The latter, unable to free himself, requests the help of Qianlong, who sends armies there to restore the Dalai Lama, he then associates a Qing resident and a garrison with him. In 1792, he issued a 29-point decree that tightened Chinese control over Tibet. The Tibetan currency hitherto produced in Nepal is therefore produced in China.

The Putuo Zongcheng temple in Chengde, built in the 18th century under the reign of Qianlong. The reign of Qianlong is however marked by a development of corruption among the imperial officials. Triggered in 1796, the revolt of the movements designated under the collective name of sect of white lotus, combines demands against the taxes and an anti-Manchu sentiment; the movement takes eight years to be subdued, during a conflict which results in approximately 16 million deaths.

China meanwhile continues its policy of closing abroad. In 1793, the diplomatic mission of George Macartney, sent by the kingdom of Great Britain, failed to establish a permanent embassy in Beijing as to obtain a liberalization of trade between the two countries. China thus delays the moment of its contact with the West.

The Optical View

The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 261 years ago (around 1760).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view Vue du superbe Temple du Serpent dans la Ville de Juida a la Chine dating from 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 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.

History of the Optical views

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.

  • Topographic views: Cities, Monuments, Ports, Distant regions, reproduced with more or less accuracy, depending on the documents available to the engraver. It is obvious that the authors of these prints had not seen these territories. They therefore recomposed these landscapes by compiling various engravings and drawings, which explains many fantasies.
  • The historical scenes : Inaugurations, Coronations, Battles, Fires or Natural disasters form a subject that the people are fond of.
  • Views with a religious or moralizing theme. For educational value, these prints were mainly produced by Parisian publishers in the rue Saint-Jacques.

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In addition to thousands of impassioned of antique prints throughout the world, the Galerie Napoléon is honoured to count among its customers : national archives, museums, historical monuments and important home designer companies. All attracted by the extraordinary diversity of its catalogue and the quality and speed of its services.

This experience allows us to guarantee to each one of our customers the authenticity of the antiques in our catalogue and the shipment of their orders within 24 hours.

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Les commandes sont offerts pour toute commande supérieure à 50EUR pour la France, 70EUR pour l'union européenne (et Suisse) et 90EUR pour le reste du monde.

Les frais de port sont offerts pour toute commande supérieure à 50EUR pour la France, 70EUR pour l'union européenne (et Suisse) et 90EUR pour le reste du monde.

Pour les commandes inférieures à ces montants, les frais de port sont de 6EUR pour la France, 8EUR pour l'union européenne (et Suisse) et 10EUR pour le reste du monde.

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