Lot 240
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AFTER FRANÇOIS GIRARDON (1628-1715)FRENCH, 19TH CENTURY | Louis XIV on horseback

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 USD
Sold
50,000 USD
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Description

  • Louis XIV on horseback
  • bearing the signature Girardon
  • bronze

Catalogue Note

This impressive bronze is a reduction of the colossal equestrian statute of Louis XIV by François Girardon, commissioned in 1682 for the Place Louis le Grand, now the Place Vendôme, Paris, and unveiled in 1699. The monument was subsequently destroyed by throngs in 1792 and only one hoof remains, now preserved in the Louvre. A number of reductions existed in the 17th and 18th centuries, one of which was owned by George IV. The popularity of this model resulted in the production of numerous 19th century reductions as well by Parisian bronziers such as Beurdeley and Henri Dasson.

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