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Louis XVI restaurateur de la liberte

Jean-Baptiste Huet1789

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Design of seated Louis XVI with a lion at his side, welcoming Liberty accompanied by Mars and Minerva; next to him a standing female figure holds a cap of liberty on a pike; to the right are a citizen and Mercury. Above a cartouche contains a scene of two peasants driving a plow pulled by two horses. There is a small circular medallion with a view of the Bastille being demolished and a banner bearing the inscription "Louis XVI restaurateur de la liberte" (Louis XVI, restorer of liberty). All in red on white ground.

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