Pair of Richly Detailed 19th Century Bronze Vendome and July Columns, Paris For Sale
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Pair of Richly Detailed 19th Century Bronze Vendome and July Columns, Paris

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About Paris' July Column (aka Bastille Column), is an especially difficult model to find. Surmounted by Alexander Dumont's Genius of Liberty, the Column stands at the center of the Place de la Bastille where the infamous prison, long demolished, was located. Here it is paired with the 2nd most iconic Parisian Column, the Vendome. This pair of spectacularly detailed models is both extremely rare and complete. While we often think of monuments as immutable, timeless, some possess lively histories and have proved anything but static. For example, Paris’ Vendome Column, raised in 1810 to celebrate Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz five years earlier, has had at its Summit a succession of flags and figures, including three separate monumental statues of Le Petit Corporal. While a headache for historians, these changes allow us to date, with some precision, architectural models such as the one offered here. The figure atop our column portrays Napoleon’s statue as realized by sculptor Alexandre-August Dumont in 1863, and as restored in 1875, after Communards had pushed over the great Colonne, the way it appears today. In patinated bronze, raised upon a French slate base, typical of the French foundry LeBlanc Freres, who also cast other of the Capitol’s architectural landmarks, including the Luxor Obelisk and Arc de Triomphe.

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  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 19 in. x W 5 in. x D 5 in.H 48.26 cm x W 12.7 cm x D 12.7 cm
  • Seller Location
    Lafayette, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1143216617082
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