Hemisferium Mini Praxinoscope Vienne Brun - Black Base

£ 55.99

The Praxinoscope is one of the earliest forms of a motion picture. It works in a very similar manner to a picture flip book, where a series of static images ‘flash’ at frequencies that cause us to perceive them as a continuous moving image.

The design of the Praxinoscope is deceptively simple; 12 brass mirrors mounted around a central column reflect a strip of printed paper towards the viewer. When the central frame is spun, each of these mirrors mounted on the cylindrical column break up the reflection of the paper strip into separate blinking images.

The Praxinoscope was patented by the Frenchman Emile Reynaud in 1877, who was looking to overcome the deficiencies of the Zoetrope, which enjoyed enormous popularity at the time. His apparatus was the first to eliminate the distorted view of the images in movement caused by insufficient light passing through the small slots of the Zoetrope. This improvement in the quality of the image resulted in immediate popularity for the Praxinoscope.

The Mini Praxinoscope has 20 animated strips to play. It is finished with a black base and the Vienna brown decoration is based on the works of the Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). The beautiful wooden craftsmanship makes this historic item an eye-catching and educational decoration piece, excellent talking point and entertainment marvel!

The diameter of the drum is 14.2 cm and the height of the Praxinoscope is 19.5cm.