Vue Perspective de l'extérieur du Batiment neuf et Jardins de l'Abbaye Royale de S. Denis en France .
A Paris chez Basset rue S. Jacques
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Basset in Paris circa 1760, depicting a view of the Abbey of Saint Denis (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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The Basilica of Saint Denis, a former royal abbey of Saint Denis, is located in the center of the city of Saint Denis, 3 miles north of Paris in the French department of Seine-Saint-Denis in the Ile-de-France region.
The royal abbey of Saint-Denis was founded in the middle of the 7th century under the reign of Queen Bathilde. The first religious community is located next to the Basilica Cathedral. Under the Carolingians, the abbey's role is asserted, but it is Abbot Suger who is responsible for carrying out the major development projects. The abbey was entirely rebuilt in the 13th century and will retain its medieval architecture until the beginning of the 18th century. Robert de Cotte, the architect of the Saint-Louis chapel in Versailles, is responsible for the reconstruction of the monastic buildings. Work was then started by various architects, who would no longer cease until the reign of Louis XVI.
On the plans of Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte around 1700 appear, in addition to the abbey buildings, the vast gardens located below and beyond the enclosure, notably the Clos de la Couture.
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 Perspective de l'extérieur du Batiment neuf et Jardins de l'Abbaye Royale de S. Denis en France . 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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