Ornamental Separator

“Trompe-L’Oeil, ou les Plaisirs…”

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What is this made of?

Paper, cardboard, and string

When was this made?

Ca. 1830

Where was this made?


Trompe-l’oeil means optical illusion. In this case, each disk contains half of an image. By attaching strings to the outer edge, the disks are spun so quickly that the two parts appear as a whole.

Make it at Home

Make your own optical illusion or thaumatrope.

See it in Person

While this toy is not currently on view, you can see many other 19th-century toys in the exhibition German Toys in America.

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“Trompe-L’Oeil, ou les Plaisirs…”