VUE DE LA PLACE VENDÔME.
A Paris chez BASSET Rue St Jacques N° 64
Early XIXth century optical view in original watercolors. Original strong water etching heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Basset & Debour et Gangel in Paris circa 1840, depicting a view of the Place Vendôme and the Vendôme Column at 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 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 de la place vendÔme.
A restored tear in the right margin (5cm)
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Its name comes from the vast hotel of Vendôme and its gardens, on the site of which the square was built, which had been built for César de Vendôme, son of Henri IV and Gabrielle d'Estrées.
Typical of classic French town planning, it is one of the most famous squares in Paris and considered one of the most luxurious in the world.
Its architecture is due to Jules Hardouin-Mansart who designed, in 1699, a strict urban plan to which the owners of the buildings had to comply. In its center is the Vendôme column built in 1810, destroyed by the Communards and then rebuilt.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 182 years ago (around 1840).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view VUE DE LA PLACE VENDÔME. datant de 1840 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 (1840).
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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