A French term meaning "Fool the eye", in French rendering a subject with such detail and attention to lighting and perspective that the finished piece appears real.
The 'Trompe l'oeil' has been in existence for a very long time, the walls of Pompeï (the town near Napoli, covered with ashes after the Vesuvio erruption) in the beginning of the Christian era, are covered with plenty of them.
In Italy, in Austria, in Bavaria, the most famous painters of sixteen, seventeen and eighteen centuries were decorating the castles and the villas with marvelous works that we can still admire.
In Strasburg, the Hannong family realised remarkable works in ceramic, and also in Brussels. Then the fashion and the taste, at the end of the 19th century, increased the number of collectors.
Here there are some examples, which are amusing the eye for more than one hundred years.
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|Majolica box representing a cocoa husk
Marque : * * * *
L : 9 ¼ inches
l : 4 ¼ inches
H : 6 inches
|Majolica box basket full with chestnuts by Sarreguemines
Diameter : 7 inches
H : 3 ½ inches
|Biscuit ware match box from
Vienna (Austria-Hungary) circa 1870.
Scraper under the cover.
Wad of hundred florins, with a red wax seal on the side.
The Bank notes are dated from 1858.
On the cover are two unreadable signatures, with :
WIEN 1th JANUAR 1838
and in the two circles, a legal text.
|The same matchbox, open.||T4|
|12 China dessert plates circa 1895 decoration
of birds, insects and flowers.
The upper part (three plates) is the cover of this box.
Diameter : 5 ½ inches
H : 2 ¾ inches
|Cabbage box by NIEDERWILLER, with its original
H : 6 ¾ inches
Diameter : 9
made in DIJON the French capital for mustard.
Turning of the last century signed : Julien MACK.
L : 5 inches
l : 2 ¾ inches
H : 2 ½ inches
|Wild pig tureen
by Villeroy & Bosch
Dimensions : 11 3/4 x 8 inches
H : 6 1/2
|Addition May 5th, 2000
Extraordinary piece, unsigned,
Dimensions : 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches
||The Massier Family||Miscellaneous|