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An Anti-Monarchist’s Figure of Louis XVIII, 1820
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An Anti-Monarchist’s Figure of Louis XVIII, 1820

Measurements: Height: 8.5cm (3.25in)

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Bronze. Satirical figure of Louis XVIII of France in uniform wearing the sash and insignia of the ancient order of French monarchy, L'Ordre du Saint-Esprit. The rotund figure of the king opening at the waist to reveal a miniature bust of an imperious Napoleon I in Guard uniform. Raised on a square base. 

Seditious statuettes of this type were popular with former soldiers the First Empire and began to appear following Napoleon’s exile to Elba and the restoration of the French monarchy in 1814. Louis XVIII’s gouty bulk played easily into the hands of the caricaturists, and in this instance conveniently provided a hiding place for a banned miniature bust of L’Empereur. 

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