Vue Perspective de la Revue de la Maison du Roy, Infanterie qui se fait tous les ans dans la pleine des Sablons, à une lieu de Paris.
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 Revue de la Maison du Roi - Plaine des Sablons (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 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 revue de la maison du roy, infanterie qui se fait tous les ans dans la pleine des sablons, à une lieu de paris.
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Between Neuilly and Les Ternes, there used to be a vast plain that its stony and limestone soil made name the plain of Sablons.
From 1750, Louis XV used the Plaine des Sablons to pass there every year, in the first days of May, the review of the French and Swiss guards constituting the garrison of Paris. On this occasion, he came from Versailles via Sèvres, crossed the Bois de Boulogne via the Vallée Royale and left through Porte Maillot to reach Les Sablons.
There was such a crowd of curious people running from Paris that the regiments were maneuvering almost in the middle of the crowd and that the camelots and flower-girls fled to take refuge in the shelter of the coaches.
In the carriages, the ladies of the court, plastered, marivauded with the lords prancing at the doors; while before the king and his brilliant escort of princes and marshals, marched, banners in the wind among the blue lines of the French guards and the red lines of the Swiss guards.
These reviews took place at the Champ-de-Mars from 1770.
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 la Revue de la Maison du Roy, Infanterie qui se fait tous les ans dans la pleine des Sablons, à une lieu de Paris. 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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