Auction 123, Lot 670

"Vue Aupres de la Mosquee du Sultan Soliman et de Mahomet a Constantinople", Probst, George Balthasar

Subject: Turkey, Constantinople

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16 x 11 inches
40.6 x 27.9 cm

Optical prints (or vue d’optique) were made to be viewed in a special apparatus that provided the viewer with an illusion of depth (early 3-D). The large mirror employed in the viewing machine showed the image reversed so many of these views have the titles and information engraved forward and backwards to facilitate viewing in the machine or by hand. These prints were only produced for a short period of time (1740 to 1790) and then were replaced with the invention of the smaller steroviewer. 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 striking vue d'optique of a street in Constantinople shows the magnificent mosque of the Sultan Soliman 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.

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Condition: B+

View is clean and bright with original color. The margins are stained and have been slightly trimmed, but are still very ample.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 2/20/2008

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