Folding telescopic paper peepshow depicting the coronation of Charles X in Rheims Cathedral, printed in lithography with hand colouring. Pictorial card covers with four illustrated cut-out sections in between, joined in folding concertina style, with illustrated rear panel (six illustrated sections in total). The upper cover with a hole in the form of a door, opening via the lifting of a ribbon, through which to view the scene, continuing through the four internal sections. Each section 12 x 14.5 cm, extending to c. 50 cm in length. Contained within a custom-made brown leather slipcase with titles in gilt to the front panel (erroneously stating the coronation date as 1826). A very good example, the covers with a little rubbing and light marking; the contents with a few old neat paper reinforcements/repairs to the blank paper joints between the panels and a little marking to the top left corner of the rear panel are otherwise in very good order. Internally the peepshow remains clean and bright and without loss. The slipcase with some light scuffing is otherwise in very good condition. An attractive example.
Upon opening the door of the grand cathedral, the viewer is met with a sumptuously decorated interior, crowded with courtiers, attendants and onlookers, gathered to witness what was to be the last coronation at Rheims. The kneeling king is surrounded by four cardinals, one of whom lowers the crown. Vividly and meticulously hand-coloured, this splendid souvenir captures the pomp and grandeur of this final French post-revolutionary royal occasion. (Gestetner 83).
Stock code: 20647