Auction 122, Lot 694

"Vue de la Basilique Batie a Constantinople par l'Empereur Iustinien", Probst, George Balthasar

Subject: Turkey, Constantinople

Period: 1780 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 10.8 inches
41.4 x 27.4 cm

This striking vue d'optique of a street in Constantinople with a Basilica built by the emperor Justinian in the foreground. The street is filled with activity. The view was designed to be viewed in a special apparatus that gave the scene a strong 3-D impression. The title at top is engraved in reverse with captions engraved at bottom for use outside the viewer. 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.


Condition: B+

There are some tiny wormholes within the image and soil and stains in the margins.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $230

Closed on 12/5/2007