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La Place de Vendome. A. Giroux & Cie..Paris.[c1833]
La Place de Vendome. A. Giroux & Cie..Paris.[c1833]

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Price: $825.00

Product Code: 29020125

An accordion-folding peepshow with four cut-out panels. The front with three (3) peepholes. Hand colored engravings.  Central view and alley views both sides. The front-face label consists of a view of railings and open gates with sentry boxes and staffage. There is a peep-hole in the center and a small peep-hole on either side.   The view in the peep seems to be from the north looking south across the Place de Vendome, and then down the Rue de Castiglione towards the Jardin des Tuileries.  A man on the first cut-out panel views the statue of on the top of the column through a telescope.  On the left can be seen the Theatre Royal.
The column, made from bronze of canons captured at the Battle of Austerlitz, is shown crowned with the figure of Napoleon in military uniform, as reinstated by Louis-Phillipe on July 29 1833, the third anniversary of the July Revolution.  Most probably it was this occasion that prompted this peep-show's publication.  
There is a German plagiarism of this peepshow in the David Robinson Collection.  It has the title: 'Der Vendome Platz in Paris. La Place de Vendome. The Vendome Place'.  It measures 145x200mm.

Gestetner (Hyde) pg. 106