A fine well-preserved copy

[Paper Peepshow]

Optique des Tuileries Paris.

Published 1830
Item ID 71710

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Paris, ca. 1830. Paper peepshow harmonica, oblong (13.5 x 19.0 cm; 45 cm deep when fully extended.

A beautiful neo-classicist optical view of the Parisian Arc de Triomphe de Carroussel, and the Palais des Tuileries, or Tuileries Palace, a royal palace built in the 16th-and 17th-centuries and the residence of French kings and emperors from Henry IV to Napoleon III. During the so-called Paris Commune (1871) it was deliberately destroyed, although the walls still stood until 1883, and there are recent plans to rebuild it. This panorama shows the palace (front) and a view back through its garden towards the Arc de Triomphe (Place Etoile/General de Gaulle) as it appeared in the early 19th century, when it was at its grandest. In contrast with the earlier 18th century "Engelbrecht" peepshows, this one offers three separate views, instead of one. Copy with three round holes. Copies with a central square hole are known; easier to produce, these probably were later, cheaper editions. Some light wear to corners, otherwise in very good condition. A beautiful item. Not in the Hyde catalogue, where under number 198 a different, later (ca. 1852) Tuileries peepshow is described which, however, may "...be a reissue of an earlier peepshow updated with a new front-face".

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