Polyorama Panoptique.
Polyorama Panoptique.
Polyorama Panoptique.
Polyorama Panoptique.
Polyorama Panoptique.
Polyorama Panoptique.
Polyorama Panoptique.
(Optical Toy)

Polyorama Panoptique.

(c. 1830). Optical toy with forty-two hand-colored engraved slides. The Polyorama Panoptique was popular from the 1820s through the 1850s as a small-scale version of Daguerre's famous Diorama. The toy consists of a wooden box attached to a paper concertina, which can be adjusted as needed, and a lens in a wooden frame. A slide is inserted into the back of the box, which is then held up to the light. The slides are designed with small cutouts through which light can pass, or are made of thinner material to create a glow. These effects can be controlled by adjusting the box's separate doors and the extension of the concertina to simulate day and night. The slides depict notable locations around Europe, including Westminster Abbey, the Bastille, and Piazza San Marco in Venice. Exterior of box covered in green paper with blue paper label. A quite nice example, with expected wear to extremities of box, missing the stand for the upper door, as usual, and six slides with small tears but quite viewable. Otherwise, this toy is entirely functional and accompanied by more slides than are usually seen. Item #27801

Price: $4,500.00

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