Lot n° 42
800 - 1200
Result with fees
: 7 150EUR
BASTILLE, maquette, Fin du XVIIIe - début du XIXe siècle.
Rare model of the fort of the Bastille, after the model of Dax-Palloy.
Wooden lacquered cardboard on a wooden deck. Good general condition, with some minor damages.
Presented in a modern plexiglass display case.
Late 18th - early 19th century.
H. 21 x W. 36,5 x D. 21 cm.
Occurring after a succession of tumultuous episodes, the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 is now considered the symbol of the French Revolution, of which it marks the beginning.
On July 15, 1789, Pierre-François Palloy (1755-1835) began demolition work that employed 800 workers. While most of the stones were reused in Parisian constructions, some of them were used to supply the market of souvenirs and derivative products commemorating the French Revolution. Palloy immediately grasped the symbolic significance of this episode and had various souvenir objects made (commemorative medals, buttons, card or domino games, etc.). Above all, he organized the large-scale distribution of models of the monument made in the original stone, according to a model created by a stone mason named Dax. Our example, made of cardboard and wood, is contemporary, or from the very early 19th century. It would have been made by one of the prisoners of the Bastille, according to oral tradition, and is one of the rare old examples of this model that still survives today.
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