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Auction 156, Lot 789

"Prima Fontana Labyrinthis ad Dextram Viridariis / La Premiere Bassin du Labyrinthe a Droit du Jardin de Plaisance / La Prima Fontana del Laberinto, a Destra del Giardino di Piaceri / Erstes Luftwasser des Irrgartens, zur Rechten des Lustgartens",

Subject: Prints - Miscellaneous

Period: 1770 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.9 x 10.5 inches
40.4 x 26.7 cm
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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 lovely view depicts an elaborate central fountain within a labyrinth of hedges in a European garden. The title is in Latin, French, German and Italian.


Condition: B+

Attractive original color with two printer's creases and several extraneous creases at top left. There is light soiling and an archivally repaired tear in left blank margin.

Estimate: $80 - $95

Sold for: $40

Closed on 2/17/2016