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19th Century Grand Tour Bronze Architectural Model of the Arc De Triomphe, Paris

US$3,800

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A generously sized and well detailed Grand Tour bronze architectural model of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, mounted on a black marble base. Created as a high end souvenir in the late 19th century for travelers to Paris, this model is very well detailed, showing the sculptural friezes on this most celebrated landmark in Paris. The top opens up to reveal a red velvet lined storage compartment, perfect for cufflinks or small jewelry pieces. The last 2 photos show this model together with a smaller version we have available from the same collection. History: Based on the Arch of Titus in Rome, the Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes. Laying the foundations alone took two years and, in 1810, when Napoleon entered Paris from the west with his bride Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, he had a wooden mock-up of the completed arch constructed. The architect, Jean Chalgrin, died in 1811 and the work was taken over by Jean-Nicolas Huyot. During the Bourbon Restoration, construction was halted and it would not be completed until the reign of King Louis-Philippe, between 1833 and 1836, by the architects Goust, then Huyot, under the direction of Héricart de Thury.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Width: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Depth: 5.63 in. (14.31 cm)
  • Style
    Neoclassical (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1875
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Essex, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU837712523801

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    Ships From: Essex, MA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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