Lot 217: Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercié , French 1845-1916 GLORIA VICTIS bronze, gilt and brown patinated

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April 18, 2008, 12:00 PM EST
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Description: signed MERCIE , the base inscribed GLORIA VICTIS with the F. BARBEDIENNE, Fondeur and the REDUCTION MECHANIQUE pastille, on mahogany and brass columnar pedestal bronze, gilt and brown patinated
Dimensions: measurements height 42 1/2 in. alternate measurements 108 cm
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The Gloria Victis sculpture group was executed shortly after the Franco-Prussian War. Initially, Mercié planned the group to consist of Fame and a victorious soldier, but following France's surrender, he chose to depict a defeated soldier. Replicas of this classic composition were used on monuments to the dead of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 in many French towns, including Niort, Deux-Sèvres, Agen, and Bordeaux.
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