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Figure of Louis XVI and Benjamin Franklin

Artist:
Charles-Gabriel Sauvage, called Lemire pere (1741–1827)
Date:
1780–85
Geography:
Made in Lorraine, France
Medium:
Porcelain
Dimensions:
12 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 6 in. (32.4 x 24.1 x 15.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Huntington, 1883
Accession Number:
83.2.260
Not on view
This figure group in unglazed porcelain depicts the French king Louis XVI and American statesman Benjamin Franklin commemorating the signing of two treaties between France and the United States in 1778. Inscribed "INDEPENDENCE DE L'AMERIQUE" and "LIBERTE DES MERS", the porcelain celebrates the treaties recognizing American independence and guaranteeing the right to trade between the two nations without British interference. Louis is depicted in ceremonial dress, and Franklin in plain garb exhibits the unpretentious demeanor for which he was much loved by the French.
Inscription: inscribed on parchment: INDEPENDANCE / DE L' AMERIQUE / LIBERTE / DES MERS
William H. Huntington, France, until 1883
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