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67/5554 Kijkkast Viewing box for optical prints
67/5554 Kijkkast  Viewing box for optical prints
67/5554 ["Kijkkast"]. (Viewing box for optical prints). Oak folding viewing box, first half 18th cent., folded 76(h.)x51,5(w.)x33(d.) cm., frontside w. wavy crest at the top, 2 circular glass lenses (Ø 11cm.) and an arched framed behind glass painting of a woman on horseback (30x22,5 cm.), hinging brass handle on the left and right side, removable upper lid, 2 hinging full-size backpanels to which extra panels can be attached, together with a metal back section and wooden floorparts; in the thus created space (total depth when folded out 106 cm.) a board "floor" section painted w. a perspective pattern of black and white tiles, a frame for the optical views and wooden ornaments to simulate clouds can be placed/ hanged, 7 orig. iron candle-holders.

- The behind glass painting w. large crack. A few sm. metal construction parts replaced.

= A very fine and complete viewing box , also called "Rarekiek" in Dutch, for domestical use. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXLIII.

WITH: 45 contemp. handcol. optical views and 4 handcol. views of The Hague from DE RIEMER (1730), all prints w. borders covered w. black painted paper and w. perforations backed w. col. painted paper for candle-light viewing and verso w. a wooden slat along lower margin to slide into the frame of the above viewing box, together in contemp. wooden box, 50x41x18 cm., sliding lid and remnants of leather handle.

= A remarkable collection, incl. optical views of "De Cypresse Tuyn van de Groote Sultan", "Perspectief van de Kerk der invalides te Parys", "Het Armhuys van de Diaconie", "De binnekant van den Yssel [sic] en de tooren van Mont Albaan", "De Nieuwe of St Bastiaans Doelen", "in Oostenrijk, De prosessie op Christie Hemelvaar te Vienne", "De Haven van Marseille", "Het Hof te Nancij", "De Neva te Peterburg", "De Poort van den Heylige Maagt", "De Biscopale of Engelse Kerk", "Een Galderij van den Vauxhal", "Den Tempel te Roomen", "Gezigt van een Casteel in Rusland", "De Arno straat en het Hof te Florence", "Het vermaard Theatre van Marcellus te Roomen", "Een Clooster te Parys", "Het Eyland Negrapondus", "De Brug van Ralta en het gevangenhuys te Venetien", "Gezigt van een open Zaal na de tuyn", "in Augsburg De Schilder straat", "Het Koninlyk Palais te Lissabon", "De Heere Gracht van de Spiegel Straat na de Leydse Gragt", "Het voorste Deel van den Dom Kerk te Milaanen", "De Koninglyke Beurs en Canal te Cadiz", "het Palais der wetenschappen te Roomen", "De Groote Straat en de Beurs te Seville", "Wandelweegen in de Sypressen Tuyn", "De groote Markt en O:L:vouwe Kerkt de Munnic" and "In Uytregt De Zadel Straat en Dom Tooren" (all contemp. titled in pen and ink on label on verso).

€ (7.000-9.000)