VUE DU PONT NOTRE-DAME PRISE DU PONT AU CHANGE A PARIS
Early XIXth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper heightened with watercolor at that time. Circa 1820, depicting a view of the Pont Notre-Dame 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.
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On October 25, 1499, during a flooding of the Seine, the Notre-Dame Bridge opened and the houses collapsed.Accused of having neglected the warnings on the state of disrepair of the bridge, the Parliament made imprison the Provost of the Merchants and the Aldermen. The bridge being of great economic importance for the city, it was quickly decided to rebuild it. Fra Giovanni Giocondo, Jean Joconde, was not the architect of the bridge, but took a large part in its construction.
The work, completed in 1512, will still be overhung by mansions and shops and will quickly become a very popular and prestigious commercial place: François Ier made his triumphal entry into Paris in 1515. 60 houses of 6 floors were the first to have a number in Paris. They were decorated with large heads of men and women and portraits of kings and, at the four ends, niches were placed with royal statues.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 202 years ago (around 1820).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view VUE DU PONT NOTRE-DAME PRISE DU PONT AU CHANGE A PARIS datant de 1820 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 (1820).
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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