Auction 122, Lot 620

"Prospectus Collegiorum Imperialium et Fundorum Orientalium Mercatorum Petersburgi / Vista de los Collegios Imperiales, y de l'Almazen de las Mercaderias Orientales a Petersbourg",

Subject: Russia

Period: 1780 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 11.4 inches
41.4 x 29 cm

Engraved for a Vue d'Optique, this unusual engraving was designed to be viewed in a special apparatus that gave the scene a strong 3-D impression. These views are some of the most distinctive and interesting images of the eighteenth century, and their distinctive engraving style, striking perspective and bright original color makes them as visually delightful as they are historically fascinating. This view shows the Imperial College at St. Petersburg with the warehouses of the Oriental Merchants. The scene is filled with activity, carriages and horses.


Condition: A

Some spots in margins.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/5/2007