LION OF LUCERNE/LUZERN BRONZE BOOKENDS

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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 18,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction

LION OF LUCERNE/LUZERN BRONZE BOOKENDS

Up for auction is a pair of ceramic/porcelain LION OF LUCERNE bookends in a bronze finish which were part of an Estate Sale. The Lion of Lucerne is a historical monument in Lucerne , Switzerland which commemorates the over 700 Swiss Guard who died in the French Revolution. Many of the upper-class European travelers who participated in the âeoeGrand Tourâe in the 1800âe(tm)s included visiting the Lion of Lucerne Monument as part of their educational tour. Many would bring home a set of Lion of Lucerne bookends or statues to remember the historical reference of the Lion. To date, the Lion of Lucerne is a collectorâe(tm)s item in various forms. It would make a great addition to any collector of historical or military memorabilia.

This is a beautiful pair in good condition with a nice hammered bronze finish. Carved below the Lion are the words: âeoe HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTIâe - âeoeTo the Loyalty and Courage of the Swissâe . T are a couple of small chips on the bottom, but not very noticeable when the pair are displayed.

Measurement: 8 ¾âe L x 6âe H x 3âe W

Weight: 3 ½ lbs. each!

*The Grand Tour was an upper-class European travel itinerary that flourished from about 1660 until the arrival of mass rail transit in the 1840s. The Grand Tour served as an educational rite of passage for males of the British nobility and wealthy gentry , whose address among their entourage made " Milord " a French and Italian byword for any British gentlemen. The primary value of the Grand Tour lay in the exposure both to the cultural artifacts of antiquity and the Renaissance and to the aristocratic and fashionable society of the European continent. A grand tour could last from several months to several years. It was commonly undertaken in the company of a knowledgeable guide.*

THE LION OF LUCERNE HISTORICAL INFORMATION :

"The dying Lion of Luzern" is one of the world's most famous monuments. It was hewn out of natural rock in memory of the heroic death of the 700 Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. Carved in deep relief into the sandstone cliff above the town, the monument is an allegorical reference to the bravery of the Swiss Guards who died in the Tuileries of Paris in 1792 trying to save the life and honor of Marie Antoinette. Designed by the great Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, it was dedicated in 1821. Today the statue is a major attraction in Lucerne . The sad eyes and poignant expression on the dying lion's face is almost hypnotizing. During a visit to Lucerne , American writer Mark Twain described the Lion of Luzern as âe~the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.âe(tm)

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