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Coq de Drapeau Colour Finial of the Garde National
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Coq de Drapeau Colour Finial of the Garde National

Circa 1830

Measurements: Overall: 43cm (17in)



Ormolu. Cast and chased. Modeled as a crowing Gallic rooster, its right claw raised upon a globe and its left clutching on Jupiter’s thunderbolt. The whole mounted on a rectangular base inscribed ‘Liberté’. Mounted on a later display stand. Finial height 26cm (10in).

During the turmoil of the 1830 Revolution the National Guard were credited by Louis-Philippe and his Orléanist supporters with restoring order and safeguarding property in the French capital. The following year they played a major role in suppressing the June Rebellion against the Louis-Philipe’s government. By 1848, however the same National Guard had largely abandoned constitutional monarchy and fought in the Revolution of 1848 in favour of the republicans. This change in allegiance reflected a general erosion in the popularity of ‘Bourgeois Monarchy’ and a shift to new form of patriotic sentiment.