Low relief in walnut depicting the Lion from Lucerne. Switzerland, late 19th Century

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Low relief in walnut depicting the Lion from Lucerne

Switzerland, late 19th Century

Height : 23 cm (9 in) - Length : 30 cm (11.8in)

Drawn by Bertel Thorvaldsen, then sculptured in 1820-1821 by Lukas Ahorn, this sculpture commemorates the Swiss mercenaries who died under the service of King Louis XVI of France, in 1792, when the revolutionaries attacked the Tuileries Palace in Paris.

This monument bears a Latin dedication, Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti (To the loyalty and the bravery of the Swiss). The dying lion is presented impaled by a lance, covering a shield with the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; another shield next to him bears the Swiss coat of arms.

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  • Items quantity:  1
  • Height in cm : 23 cm
  • Width in cm : 30 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2014071275