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Napoleon III on Horseback, Inaugurating the Boulevard de Strasbourg

Artist:
Medalist: François-Joseph-Hubert Ponscarme (French, Belmont-les-Monthureaux, Vosges 1827–1903 Malakoff, Hauts-de-Seine)
Date:
1866
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diameter: 33 in. (83.8 cm)
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, by exchange, and gifts of Various Donors, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.347
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
This is the specimen that was shown in the 1967 exhibition at the hôtel de la Monnaie in Paris, "La Medaille en France de Ponscarme a la fin de la Belle Epoque," an exhibition that did much to rekindle interest in Ponscarme and his contemporaries. The casting faithfully captures in an almost impressionistic way the flickering surfaces of the wax model that preceded it. The deed commemorated is the completion of one of the broad new thoroughfares of Second Empire Paris, the boulevard de Strasbourg, which leads to the Gare de l'Est, its pointed roof visible here at the vanishing point. Baron Haussmann, city planner par excellence, is the gentleman nearest the equestrian emperor.
Inscription: Marked in red on back: I, I and Bd Strasbourg
[ David and Constance Yates , New York, until 1994; sold to MMA ]
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