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Ref  WL3   Marianne de la République

A carved amethyst cameo in a gold mount, French, Third Republic, circa 1870. The subject is rare in cameo, of Marianne, symbol of Republican France, the personification of liberty, egality and fraternity and of the goddess Liberty. She is depicted as a determined young woman wearing the Phrygian cap of liberty. A prominent symbol of the French Republic, Marianne represented opposition to monarchy. The use of a female allegory symbolised breaking with the ancien régime, which had always been led by kings. Marianne first appeared in July 1789, celebrating the storming of the Bastille. By 1880 a statue in her honour was erected in the Hotel de Ville [city hall] in Paris and other cities quickly followed suit. Today Marianne's profile is still used on official government papers, coins and postage stamps. The brooch measures 1 and 1/8 inches by 1 and 1/3 inches and the cameo is well carved and immaculate. Vive la république.

£1650

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Marianne as Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix (1830)

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Marianne de la république

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