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A Pair of French 19th Century Lead Liberty Figures
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A Pair of French 19th Century Lead Liberty Figures

An animated and rare pair of 19th Century French lead Liberty figures playing the games of Darts and Boule.
Depicting figures in 18th Century costume. The female figure is in mid-throw with two feathered darts or arrows with her dress billowing around her. The male is weighing up his aim, mid move ready to throw his boule.
They both wear very important hats known as the ‘Phrygian cap’ or ‘liberty cap’ is a soft conical cap with the apex bent over - during the French Revolution it came to signify freedom and the pursuit of liberty.
The symbols resurfaced again during the July Revolution of 1830, when they were reinstated by the liberal July Monarchy of Louis Philippe I, and the revolutionary symbols—anthem, holiday, and bonnet rouge—became "constituent parts of a national heritage consecrated by the state and embraced by the public." (-Philip G. Nord (1995))
Size per sculpture.

£3,800
Width25cm (10″)
Height68cm (2′3″)
Depth36cm (1′2″)
Reference No.67PMN

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