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"Chauvel Dissecting Microscope, C. 1880"
Interesting model of a Vérick-type dissecting microscope with its wooden house shape but unique in design since it was made by the French painter and engraver Théodore Chauvel (1831-1909), who was a passionate amateur of micrography and microscopy. See, here, when we learn that Chauvel is very fond of microscopy. "A particularity about Chauvel: he is bitten by a passion, and this passion is neither lithography, nor etching, nor painting: it is micrography. His workshop is an arsenal of microscopes of all models , and all that follows." (Béraldi, The engravers of the 19th century, page 142). This simple Vérick-type dissection microscope is slightly larger than the usual models designed by manufacturers of optical instruments. On the box containing the doublets, a handwritten mention of the time (certainly in the hand of Théodore Chauval) indicates: “microscope glasses. doublets of the microscope built by Th. Chauvel”. In addition, under the microscope, Chauvel specified "Th Chauvel fecit" and different "modification" dates between 1880 and 1882. The microscope retained its original mirror and doublet holder, mounted on a single wooden plate which slides under the stage and which is independent of the body of the microscope. It also keeps three lenses of different magnifications and glasses for the preparation of microscope slides. A box is signed by Nachet. The microscope is in perfect working order. Unfortunately, the microscope has lost its stage and only retains a replacement glass which seems to be original. Very interesting model built by an amateur artist enlightened by microscopy at the end of the 19th century. The base measures 35x21x13 cm.
Price: 350 €
Artist: Théodore Chauvel
Period: 19th century
Style: Other Style
Condition: Good condition


Reference: 1035829
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