VINCENT CHEVALIER | CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, CIRCA 1840
VINCENT CHEVALIER | CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, CIRCA 1840
VINCENT CHEVALIER | CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, CIRCA 1840
VINCENT CHEVALIER | CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, CIRCA 1840
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VINCENT CHEVALIER | CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, CIRCA 1840

Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 EUR

VINCENT CHEVALIER | CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, CIRCA 1840

Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 EUR

Lot Details

Description

VINCENT CHEVALIER 

1770 - 1841

CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, CIRCA 1840 


daguerréotype de format pleine plaque

passe-partout d'époque et enveloppe moderne

cadre original


full-plate daguerreotype

vintage passe-partout and modern seal

original frame


partie visible / sight area: 7¾x 5½in.; 19,7 x 14 cm

objet: 12⅛x 10⅛in.; 31,50 x 25,50 cm

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Gallery Marc Pagneux, Paris 1996

Acquired by the present owner in 1996

Literature

Noël-Marie Paymal, Excursions daguerriennes : vues et monuments les plus remarquables du globe, 1840-1844 (Paris, Rittner and Goupil), pl. 99

Catalogue Note

This is one of the very first photographs ever taken of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, c. 1840, just one year after the announcement of Arago of the Invention of Photography. This photograph was also taken before the restorations of the Cathedral Notre-Dame that started in 1844 an that saw the construction of the new spire.


The grey tint, distinguishing early daguerreotypes and the richness of details have remained unharmed. The photographer Vincent Chevalier, one of the pioneers of Photography, was a French optic engineer from a known optician family for generations. He made several remarkable views of monuments in Paris using the daguerreotype.


Only two other similar plates are known, one is in the collection of The Museum of History of Science in Oxford and the other is known to be in a private collection and registered in 1988 as French National Treasure. This plate is therefore the last remaining example of the earliest daguerreotype views of Notre-Dame.

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