Finely cast French King Henri IV entering Paris commemorating this historical event in a circular copper relief charger. The triumphant scene depicted in great detail in this plaque is after the 1817 Francois Gerard (1770-1837) painting "L'Entrée d'Henri IV à Paris, 22 mars 1594" exhibited in the Palace of Versailles Battles Gallery. The central medallion is surrounded by a decorative border with alternating fleur de lys and initials "HH" in oval escutcheon / shield shaped reserves. The plaque is inscribed, semi-legible, on the reverse: "Ubergabe von Paris / An Konig Heinrich IV / Am 22 Marz. 1594 / Kunstgiesserei / Ilsenburg." ("Handover of Paris / King Henri IV / On 22 March 1594 / Ilsenburg Art Foundry.") Henri IV (1553-1610), also known as Henri de Bourbon and Henri de Navarre, is considered one of the greatest kings of France. His life is fascinating, even after death. The famous quotation, “Paris is worth a mass.” (“Paris vaut une messe”) is attributed to Henri IV after he converted to Catholicism to reunite his country. Henri IV was assassinated in 1610. Almost 200 years later, during the French Revolution, his embalmed head was lost after revolutionaries ransacked the Royal chapel at St. Dennis opening tombs and removing remains. A rather macabre story follows with the head being passed from one collector to another. This charger is definitely a conversation piece! Henri IV's birthplace near the Pyrenees, the Chateau de Pau, is also very interesting and well worth a visit. It comes ready to display with a sturdy ring on its reverse. This is a heavy and substantial piece weighing about 3 3/4 lbs. unpacked. In very good used condition as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 12 1/2" (31.7 cm) diameter approximately.
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