Parisian Interest:  A 19th Century cut brass, glass and watercolour-mounted 'Grand Tour' souvenir scent bottle
Lot 744
Parisian Interest: A 19th Century cut brass, glass and watercolour-mounted 'Grand Tour' souvenir scent bottle
Sold for £192 (US$ 298) inc. premium

Lot Details
Parisian Interest:
A 19th Century cut brass, glass and watercolour-mounted 'Grand Tour' souvenir scent bottle
The hinged circular cover painted with a vignette of the Louvre, the square glass body covered with engraved brass scrollwork to the shoulders and edges, each face centred by a circular watercolour vignette, respectively: 1) The Bastille Column, Place de la Bastille; 2) The facade of the Church of Sainte Marie Madeleine; 3) The Luxor Obelisk and Rue Royale from the Place de la Concorde, and 4) Palais Bourbon (home of the French National Assembly),seen from the Seine, the whole raised on scroll feet, 6cm square x 10cm high

Footnotes

  • The Pavillon de l'Horloge (or 'Clock Pavilion'), later Pavilion Sully, was designed by Jacques Lemercier (1585-1654) and built between 1624 and 1654.

    The Colonne de Juillet or ('July Column') is a monument to the revolution in July 1830 which saw the fall of Charles X of France and the commencement of the "July Monarchy" of Louis-Philippe. The 47 metre-high column is composed of twenty-one cast bronze drums, engraved in gold with the names of Parisians who died during the revolution. It is surmounted by Auguste Dumont's Génie de la Liberté (or 'Spirit of Freedom').
    The monument was designed by Jean-Antoine Alavoine, following a commission from Louis-Philippe, with the first stone on 28 July 1831, the first anniversary of the revolution that brought him to power.

    The Church of the Madeleine was actually commissioned as a Napoleonic War memorial, the 'Temple de la Gloire de la Grande Armée' by the Emperor in 1806, on an earlier footprint and to a design by Pierre-Alexandre Barthélémy Vignon (1763-1828). The then-existing foundations were razed, preserving only the standing columns.
    After the fall of Napoleon, Louis XVIII determined that the structure would be used as a church, dedicated to Mary Magdalene, and the building was finally consecrated as a church in 1842.

    In 1831, the 3200 year-old obelisk from the Temple of Ramses II at Thebes (modern-day Luxor) was one of three obelisks offered by the Viceroy of Egypt to Louis Philippe. It was the only piece transported to Paris, and was installed at the centre of the Place de la Concorde. Pictures on the pedestal describe its transportation to Paris and installation at the square in 1836.

    The Palais Bourbon was originally built for the daughter of Louis XIV by the Italian architect Lorenzo Giardini, from 1722 until his death in 1724, after which Jacques Gabriel oversaw its completion in 1728. Its form echoes the Church of the Madeleine at the other end of the Rue Royale.
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