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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The relief map of Audenarde (Oudenaarde - Belgium) from the Lille Museum of Fine Art.

The relief map of Oudenaarde (Belgium)  made in 1747 is quite exceptional from a technical point of view. Its turnedwood base, its blue frame embellished with gold, its gilded cartouche in the centre of the flood plain and the amount of detail on the map make the Oudenaarde made model the prize exhibit. It was made by Nicolas de Nezot, who also created the relief map of Lille and Aire-sur-la-Lys for King Louis XV. Its state of conservation is equally unusual: no traces of earlier restoration were found on its surface. The relief map of Oudenaarde as it is displayed here, closely resembles its original look.

Map dimensions: 5.53 x 4.22 M = 23 m2 (11 tables !).
Scale : 1/600

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