VUE DU CHATEAU DE St. CLOUD PRÈS DE PARIS.
Early XIXth century optical view in original watercolors. Original strong water etching heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Basset in Paris circa 1830, depicting a view of Saint-Cloud Castle (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 du chateau de st. cloud prÈs de paris.
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The Château de Saint-Cloud was a royal castle located in Saint-Cloud near Paris, overlooking the Seine.
It is in this castle that Henri III moved to lead the siege of Paris, held by the Leaguers. It was there that, on August 1, 1589, he was assassinated by the monk Jacques Clément. This is also where Henri IV is recognized as king.
Bombed and burnt down during the Franco-German War of 1870, only the park remains today.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 193 years ago (around 1830).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view VUE DU CHATEAU DE St. CLOUD PRÈS DE PARIS. datant de 1830 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 (1830).
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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