Lot 49 of 221:
Nouveau Jeu des Cris de Paris 18th Century Game  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$660
Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
Le Nouveau Jeu des Cris de Paris

Author:

Place:
Paris

Publisher:
Jean Baptiste Crepy

Date:
c.1780s

Description:

Engraved game-board with 44 numbered pictorial compartments arranged in a spiral, 46x65 cm (18x25½") visible. Matted and framed, overall 67.5x83 cm (26½x32¾").

Each compartment along the circular path represents one of the cries of Paris, with an engraved figure and the printed cry beneath; the final compartment, crowned and wreathed in laurels representing a man handing out printed sheets and labeled "l'Heureux", and below "Edit du Joieux Avenement". In the center are printed the rules of the game; in the lower left corner, a man standing on a scale, whilst weights are placed on the other side, to right, two dogs, one urinating on a parcel labelled "N O", the other defecating on some prints, the whole labeled "La Balance Royale"; in the lower right corner, a merry-go-round, labeled "la Bague", in the top right corner, a crowd of people watching a play "le Fameux Polichinel", labeled "Les Parades"; in the top left corner, a man standing at a door, holding a sack, whilst another man pours the contents of a jug on his head from the window above, a line of musicians along the bottom, as though sitting in front of a stage, labeled "les Battus paient. l'Amande". A later impression removes all references to the royal family, presumably so publishing could continue after the revolution.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Not examined out of frame. Evidence of restoration, particularly in the lower right quadrant; still very good.


 
Item number:
260638
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