• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2845

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    23 - 24 March 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 9

    A MAHOGANY AND FRUITWOOD ZOGRASCOPE VIEWER

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A MAHOGANY AND FRUITWOOD ZOGRASCOPE VIEWER
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Inlaid with featherlining overall the rectangular swivel mirror with magnifying glass on an adjustable baluster stem
    66 cm. high


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    In the 18th and 19th centuries a device with a lens and mirror called the zograscope was used to give an illusion of depth to hand colored engravings called vue d'optique prints. The zograscope is placed over a hand colored print so that the print is reflected in the mirror held at an angle. The viewer looks into the magnifying lens on the front of the instrument to view the reflection. The lens and mirror impart a quality of depth to the flat print. These instruments were popular parlor amusements in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the catalogue description should read:
    A Zograscope viewer
    and not as stated in the printed catalogue.

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