Circa 1840, this is a beautifully carved "Luzern lion", rendered realistically, with a wealth of details, and with the date "1792" engraved in Roman characters.
The sculpture is small, as these Lucern artifacts were very likely souvenirs sold to the Grand Tour tourists of the time.
But this size makes the piece really adorable!
A large statue of the lion exists in the city itself, commemorating the Swiss mercenaries who were killed defending Louis XVI, when the French Revolutioneers invaded the Tuileries Palace in 1792.
A delightful piece that will bring character to any curios collection!
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 4 1/8". Width: 2". Height: 7/8".
(10.5 cm) by (5.25 cm) by (2.5 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition. No damage.
Will be shipped "Registered" Airmail from Paris (very safe!) including insurance and signature at delivery.
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