Lacquered green microscope

42 x 23.9 x 23.9 cm (16.5 x 9.4 x 9.4 in.) Paris - circa 1750

This type of microscope is called « Box » and it has been invented by Marie in Paris at the end of the first half of the eighteenth century.

The molded base with rounded corners is made of wood lacquered in green Martin varnish and decorated with gilded friezes.

It opens with a hinge to reveal the swiveling mirror actuated by two turned buttons in gilded bronze.

The front part of the base is provided with a gilt bronze plaque engraved with a retractable sun to give access to the light that will be reflected by the mirror. The passage of the light on the top of the base plate is made by a hole comprising a glass positioned in the middle of a gilt bronze plate. Note a casting crack that seems to have been reinforced at the origin.

It is equipped with a removable insect clip.

The eyepiece tube is made of wood covered with paper on the inside and green lacquered on the outside.

The frame is in hard wood. The print is in green vellum. The protective caps of the optics are designed to unscrew for putting into operation. Fixed by an acanthus leaf decoration attachment, the tube can slide along the gilt bronze column, which is positioned at the back of the base plate and locked by screwing, a wheel / circular nut.

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