6160. Vue perspective de la grande Rue de Nanquin

NANKING. "Vue perspective de la grande rue de Nanquin ancienne ville de la Chine". Paris, chez Jacques Chereau, no date (about 1750-60).

Engraved handcoloured "vue d'optique" (plate size about 245x390 mm.). In passepartout.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, E 29.
Vues d'optique were engravings to be viewed through a convex lens, such that the viewer saw a reversed and seemingly three-dimensional scene.
Jacques Chéreau (1688-1776) was a printmaker and publisher of optical prints at the rue St. Jacques in paris. After his death the business was continued by his grandson, Jacques-François Chéreau (1742-1794).

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).