Round plaster medallion commemorating the arrival of the first giraffe in Paris

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Round plaster medallion commemorating the arrival of the first giraffe in Paris on June 30, 1827 "RIEN N'EST CHANGE EN FRANCE IL N'Y A QU'UNE BETE DE PLUS" (NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN FRANCE, THERE IS JUST ONE MORE BEAST).
Charles X Period.
Diameter: 6,5 cm (2-1/2 in.).
Within its original cardboard box.

The giraffe, presented to Charles X by Muhammad Ali Pasha, lived in the early 19th century in the small zoo of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. It was the first giraffe to enter France.
Born in 1825 according to calculations at the time, it arrived in Marseille on November 14, 1826 and was taken to Paris by foot during the spring 1827. During this trip, it was accompanied by Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, director of the Botanical Gardens, as well as three cows for their milk, an escort of mounted police, and a luggage cart. After arriving on June 30, it was one of the main attractions of the capital for three years. During the summer of 1827 it attracted 600,000 visitors.
After its death on January 12, 1845, it was sent to taxidermists, and it is now part of the zoological collection of the Natural History Museum of La Rochelle, France.

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