VUE D'OPTIQUE Representant Le Chateau des Tuileries du coté du Pont Royal à Paris - Palatium Regium des Tuileries a Ponte Regio Parisii
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 Tuileries Palace and the Pont Royal in Paris (France).
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 Musée Carnavalet (Paris, France) owns a copy of this optical view in its collections. For more details on this print please consult the site : Vue d'optique representant le chateau des tuileries du coté du pont royal à paris - palatium regium des tuileries a ponte regio parisii
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The Palais des Tuileries is a former Parisian palace whose construction began in 1564 under the impetus of Catherine de Medici, on the site previously occupied by one of the three tile factories established in 1372 not far from the old Louvre. The queen then bought the Tuileries house, several neighboring properties, as well as a large piece of land belonging to the Quinze-Vingts hospital. She had them shaved and asked the architects Philibert Delorme, then after his death in 1570, to Jean Bullant, to build a palace there which was to rise west of the Louvre.
During the reign of Charles IX, the construction site of the Tuileries was gradually abandoned. Henry III gave some parties there, but did not reside there; however, he fled from Paris through the Tuileries garden, on May 12, 1588, during Barricade Day.
At the beginning of the 17th century, Henri IV decided to link the Louvre to the Palais des Tuileries by having a long gallery built along the Seine. The Grande-Galerie was built from 1607 to 1610 by Jacques II Androuet du Cerceau. After the death of Henry IV in 1610, the palace again experienced a long period of abandonment. It was Louis XIV who decided to resume work with the architects Louis Le Vau and François d'Orbay.
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 Representant Le Chateau des Tuileries du coté du Pont Royal à Paris - Palatium Regium des Tuileries a Ponte Regio Parisii 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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