Auction 124, Lot 732

"Magni Sultani Viridaru Peristylium. Rangee de Colomnes au Jardin du Grand Sultan. Colonnata nel Giardino del Gran Sultano. Colonnata in des Gross=Sultans Lust=Garten",

Subject: Prints Miscellaneous

Period: 1770 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 11 inches
41.4 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.

A spectacular view of a sultan's garden, with lovely fountains and buildings. Colorfully dressed people stroll the grounds.


Condition: A

A sound sheet with attractive color. The margins have some minor soil and faint pencil notation.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $120

Closed on 5/7/2008