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

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Le Nouveau Jeu des Cris de Paris



Jean Baptiste Crepy



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

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

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