Vue Perspective de la nouvelle Place du Palais de Rennes en Bretagne
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Circa 1770, depicting a view of Palace of Parliament of Brittany - Rennes (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 Bibliothèque nationale de France owns a copy of this optical view in its collections. For more details on this print please consult the site : Vue perspective de la nouvelle place du palais de rennes en bretagne
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This Royal Place was created following the fire of December 23, 1720 which ravaged part of the heart of Rennes. The reconstruction of the city was first entrusted to Robelin, a military engineer, but deemed too expensive his project was abandoned in favor of that of Jacques Gabriel.
The style adopted for the Palace of the Parliament of Brittany, with a granite ground floor and tufa floors, is applied to the reconstructed city, and consequently to the buildings bordering the square. Only the Hôtel de Mucé, located at 4 place du Parlement-de-Bretagne, was built according to Robelin's plans and therefore differs from the other buildings in the square built by Gabriel.
In 1730, an equestrian statue of Louis XIV of Coysevox was placed in the center of the square. It was subsequently melted during the Revolution.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 251 years ago (around 1770).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view Vue Perspective de la nouvelle Place du Palais de Rennes en Bretagne datant de 1770 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 (1770).
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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