Saturday, March 10, 2012

The plasma screen's ancestor: the "vue d'optique"!!!

Chers Amis du Bon Gout, Bonjour!!    Today many people spend a lot of time having escape, travel, informational or other forms of "virtual" experiences by viewing  a high tech TV screen.  Beginning in England in the mid eighteenth century, a new type of colored engraving and instruments to view them were invented which quickly spread to neighboring France and then to much of Europe.  This was a new genre of engraved prints called "vue d'optique". The loose prints were usually shown in "peep boxes" which their owners set up at public markets and fairs. The public could pay to have the thrilling experience of viewing, in a sort of 3D perspective some famous distant city, garden,  monument, etc. This was the original "Pay for View" enterprise!!    Well-to-do persons acquired their very own instruments and began building collections of their favorite images for showing in their homes to the amazement and entertainment of their family and friends.  ( Think super bowl game home party seen on a new high definition screen TV!!!)

Find attached photographs of a 1780 engraving by Louis Leopold Boilly of a mother and son using their "zograscope" to have the thrilling new "vue d'optique" experience followed by two installations of framed prints in groupings to get you further inspired.

Here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, you can find a number of 18th c."vue d'optiques" loose or even framed, as well as other two dimensional art works, from quite small to very big, which could become exciting additions to your interiors.  Please call if you have any questions or would like to plan a visit.

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith

1780 engraving by Louis Leopold Boilly of a mother and son using their "zograscope"

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Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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