Vue Perspective de la grande place de Berlin capitale de la Prusse recouverte par la neige.
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving heightened with watercolor at that time. Circa 1790, depicting a view of Berlin - Alexanderplatz (Germany).
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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Ihe city of Berlin is located in north-eastern Germany, on the German-Polish plain, at an altitude of 33 m, at the confluence of the Sprée and the Havel. Alexanderplatz is a square in Berlin.
After the entry of the king of Prussia Frédéric Ier in Berlin by the George door following his coronation in Königsberg on May 6, 1701, the door was renamed Königstor (royal door). Likewise, the Georgenvorstadt district became Königsvorstadt. The construction of the granting wall in 1734 reunites the suburbs with the old city which they surrounded: the old door lost its importance and was finally demolished in 1746. At the end of the 18th century the foundations of the Königvorstadt (suburb of the king ) were thrown away. Made up of irregular blocks, the neighborhood started at the door and spanned in different directions with streets radiating from the square. The district was dominated by large factories of silk, wool. The southern part of the square was separated from the circulation by trees and was used as a parade square, while the northern half hosted the markets. In the middle of the 18th century, the most important wool fair in Germany was held every year in June on the square.
The Russian emperor Alexander I was received on October 25, 1805 on the parade square in front of the old Königstor. On the occasion of this event Frederick William III ordered by decree on November 2 to rename the Alexanderplatz square.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 231 years ago (around 1790).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view Vue Perspective de la grande place de Berlin capitale de la Prusse recouverte par la neige. datant de 1790 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 (1790).
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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