A striking pair of French bronze storks on a marble base from the 1937 Paris Exhibition. Has original World's Fair stickers from 1937.
It was a Parisian fair unlike the others which had graced the international exhibition landscape since its first in 1855. The Art et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne was smaller, held on the traditional site of most Parisian fairs near and surrounding the 1889 built Eiffel Tower. It was the first Paris fair sanctioned under the 1928 Bureau of International Exhibitions, the B.I.E, that remains today as the sanctioning body for world expos, not unlike the International Olympic Committee does for sporting events. But the most different aspect of this Paris exposition was in its position in world history, a history that would see, within a few years, a foreign power in countrol of the city of lights. Yes, Germany. And they were, even in their pavilion at the Paris 1937 fair, making no bones about their intention to be an imposing world power. Albert Speer, Hitler's personal architect, stole plans for the Soviet Pavilion and made sure that Germany's was taller.
Size : L. 10 cm. ( 4 " ) x B7.. 6.5 cm. ( 2 9/16" ) x H. 15 cm. ( 5 29/32" ).
Weight : 709 g. ( 1 pound, 9 ounces ).
Condition : the birds are not solid bronze - to the rear the seated stork suffered a crack below its head ( see the applicable photo , especially the last one bottom ) - one other tiny crack !
Pair bronze storks, 1937, Paris Exhibition.