Microscope lacquered green made in France circa 1750

Microscope lacquered green made in France circa 1750




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Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


This type of microscope « Box » is said to have been invented by Marie in Paris at the end of the first half of the eighteenth century.

The molded base with rounded corners is made of wood lacquered in green Martin varnish and decorated with gilded friezes.

It opens with a hinge to reveal the swiveling mirror actuated by two turned buttons in gilded bronze.

The front part of the base is provided with a gilt bronze plaque engraved with a retractable sun to give access to the light that will be reflected by the mirror.

The passage of the light on the top of the base plate is made by a hole comprising a glass positioned in the middle of a gilt bronze plate.

Note a casting crack that seems to have been reinforced at the origin.

It is equipped with a removable insect clip.

The eyepiece tube is made of wood covered with paper on the inside and green lacquered on the outside.

The frame is in hard wood.

The print is in green vellum. The protective caps of the optics are designed to unscrew for putting into operation.

Fixed by an acanthus leaf decoration attachment, the tube can slide along the gilt bronze column, which is positioned at the back of the base plate and locked by screwing, a wheel / circular nut

Dimensions17/42 cm high x 24 x 24 cm

Nota : This type of microscope « Box » is said to have been invented by Marie in Paris at the end of the first half of the eighteenth century.

Paris c. 1750.


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Galerie Delalande

After 37 years in Le Louvre des Antiquaires, the Delalande gallery moved early June 2015 to 35 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, on the other side of the Seine River in the well known antic shops area "le Carré Rive Gauche".
Our main specialties are, since 1976, Marine & Scientific instruments, Tobacco and Opium objects, Curiosities and Great Canes.
We participate to international antique fairs and are unique partner of the French Maritime Museum.
Eric Delalande is also General Secretary of the French Experts National Company (C.N.E.).
Please visit also our two websites, which are frequently updated: www.antiquites-delalande.fr (French) and www.delalande-antiques.com (English)
La Galerie Delalande s'est installée en juin 2015 au 35 rue de Lille (75007 Paris), au coeur de la capitale dans le "Carré Rive Gauche", après 37 années de présence au Louvre des Antiquaires.
Nous nous sommes orientés, depuis 1976, vers plusieurs spécialités : Marine & Sciences, Objets du tabac et de l'opium, Cannes de collection et Curiosités.
Nous participons à des salons d'envergure internationale et sommes partenaires exclusifs du Musée National de la Marine.
Eric Delalande est également Secrétaire Général de la Compagnie Nationale des Experts (C.N.E.).
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