A very rare and early Kinetic art with three engravings about geography, c. 1840-50

A very rare and early Kinetic art with three engravings about geography, c. 1840-50

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[OPTICS – OPTICAL GAME – KINETIC ART] Three lithographs enhanced with watercolor and gouache, embellished with two small laminated elements, mounted at the time in a single frame so as to see one or the other depending on from where you see the engravings.

The lithographs were printed at Metz by Dembour and Gangel and datable ca 1840].

On the back, the signature “Germaine 185?”. Dimensions without frame: 33 x 41 cm.


The period montage consists of a print entitled “Asia” (in French, Spanish and German) applied to a background, and two others, “Europe” and “Africa”, cut into strips vertical then glued on wooden slats themselves fixed above the first print, creating an illusion or optical effect. 

The subjects used here, allegories of continents, are rare in this type of optical game that prefigures kinetic art: known since the 18th century, it most often uses religious themes.

Furthermore, the most common early kinetic art are composed with only two views, not three as here.

A rare optical game or optical illusion or optical art.


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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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