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Perspective machine

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Optical machines were popular entertainments. This example was operated by removing the medallion and inserting prints into a slightly angled rack, in the base. Catching the light from a window, the prints were viewed through an eyepiece that projected a magnified image. Artists and craftsmen...

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Provenance

Said to have belonged to Samuel Holten (1738-1816) of Danvers, Massachusetts, and descended from him to Miss Maria Chase Grey; purchased by the Museum in 1960.

Credit Line

Gift of S. Richard Fuller and Dudley Leavitt Pickman, Harriet Otis Cruft Fund and Charles Hitchcock Tyler Residuary Fund, by exchange

1795

Object Place

Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 215

Dimensions

Overall: 191.8 x 60.6 x 46.4 cm (75 1/2 x 23 7/8 x 18 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

60.532

Medium or Technique

Pine, glass lens

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture