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Rare French Physiognotrace c1798 Portrait Miniature

A delightful print dating from the end of the 18th century made using a little known instrument called a physiognotrace.

A physiognotrace is an instrument, designed to trace a person's outline to make semi-automated portrait prints. It was invented in France in 1783–84 and popular for some decades. The sitter climbed into a wooden frame (1.75m high x 6.5m wide), sat and turned to the side to pose. A pantograph connected to a pencil produced within a few minutes a "grand trait", a contour line on a piece of paper. With the help of a second scaling down pantograph, the basic features of the portrait were transferred from this sheet in the form of dotted lines to a copper plate which had previously been prepared with a ground for etching. One week later the sitter received an etched plate and twelve little prints of which this is one.
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Condition
Excellent. Presented in a beautiful heavy cast frame.

Size
5.5cm diameter (10cm to the top of frame)
2.25 inches diameter (4 inches to the top of frame)

ITEM ID
11585
AGE
18th Century
MEDIA
Bronze, Paper
GENRE
Early European Works of Art
ORIGIN
France • French
ITEM TYPE
Antique
DIAMETER
2.25" (6 cm)
HEIGHT
4" (10 cm)

Rare French Physiognotrace c1798 Portrait Miniature

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