Antique Pair French Lithograph Circa 1880's Rare Gold Coloring
This is an unusual pair of original French lithographs brought to you direct from France. They are in untouched, original faded grandeur condition.
This pair of small prints are beautifully printed on gold colored paper and housed behind glass in lemon gilt frames. Due to the editor and lithographer's details along the bottom of the one print; we can date this pair to post 1878, when Romanet and Company resided at their Paris address.
This small pair depict the Louis Ernst Barrais statue commissioned in 1879 of The Defence of Paris. This statue honors those soldiers and civilians killed during the siege of Paris during the Franco Prussian War of 1870.
The Statue of the Republic in the Place de la Republique, Paris. This statue was unveiled on Bastille Day, 14th July 1885 and shows all of the symbols of the French republic. Marianne at the top proudly wearing her Phygian cap and holding the olive branch of peace, the statues around the base reflecting liberty, equality and fraternity, also the Lion at the base next to the ballot box of eternal suffrage.
Size: 7.75" by 5.75".
Condition: The gilt frames are showing their age, the gilt is knocked away in some places ( easily improved with some gilt paste) and there is damp corrosion to the gilding - these pictures have been stored in a French attic! The lithographs are in good order. We adore the 19th century French wallpaper to their reverse. These are very shabby chic, they are genuinely lovely.
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