Vincent invents in 1823 with his son Charles the achromatic microscope whose lens will be used by Niepce. When the daguerreotype is made public in 1839 the Chevaliers are among the first to create images by this process.
Vincent Chevalier realizes his views of Paris in the largest format available at that time identified as pleine plaque, 20 x 14 cm. These photos combining the optical quality of the Chevalier lens and camera obscura with the absence of grain of the metal plate are among the masterpieces of this period of photography.
The photos made by Vincent are extremely rare for two reasons : each daguerreotype is a unique print and the old pioneer dies in 1841 aged 71. Charles who had a separate shop since 1831 transfers his father's business to Richebourg.
A photo of the facade of the Pantheon in 1839 by Vincent Chevalier was sold for £ 166K including premium by Sotheby's on October 27, 1999 in the auction of the Jammes collection. A view of the Seine river taken from Pont-Neuf with the statue of Henri IV and the Louvre was sold for € 70K including premium by Sotheby's on November 11, 2011.
On November 10 in Paris, Sotheby's sells a full front view of Notre-Dame made by Vincent Chevalier, lot 107 estimated € 100K. This highly detailed image in a perfectly symmetrical composition is also a precious reminder of the cathedral of Paris before its transformations by Viollet-le-Duc. Two other examples exist by the same artist. One of these photos has been classified Trésor National Français.