Veuë et perspective de la Grote du Château de Meudon
Nicolas De Poilly excudit Cum Privil. Regis.
View in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Nicolas De Poilly circa 1680, depicting a view of the Castle of Meudon (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.
Water stain in the lower margin
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The Royal Castle of Meudon and imperial palace of Meudon, is a French castle located in Meudon in the department of Hauts-de-Seine. On the edge of a wooded plateau, the castle offers views of Paris and the Seine river, as well as of the valley of Chalais. Located between Paris and Versailles, in the heart of a hunting reserve, the castle has an ideal topography for large gardens. It has had many successive owners from the Renaissance until the fall of the Second French Empire.
The Primatice painted for the Cardinal of Lorraine for his Chateau de Meudon a cave made up of several rooms, among others that of the pavilion where there were a number of frescoed figures in the ceiling.
It was a wonderful cave, enriched with supports and damping of cut stone, small turrets turned and massed in the ass of a lamp, paved with a pavement of porphire bastard, speckled with white, red, green, gray spots and of a hundred different colors, noughed by esgouts made with gargoyles and lyon muffles. There are columns, figures and statues of marble, grotesque paintings, compartimens and images of gold and azure, and other couleurs. The frontispiece has large fluted and roughened columns.
It was demolished in 1705, in the time of Monseigneur the Dauphin, to build the Château-Neuf in the same location.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 341 years ago (around 1680).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view Veuë et perspective de la Grote du Château de Meudon datant de 1680 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 (1680).
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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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