Rare commemorative engravings of Marie Antoinette Louis XVI
The last (official) reigns of France.
Both where killed during the peak of the French Revolution, ending the long tradition of French monarchs.
Marie Antoinette, who is very much appealing to the imagination, and her husband, the king of France Louis XIV, are seen here in these engravings. Years after their unfortunate beheading in 1793, Louis XVIII (brother of Louis XIV) had the remains of his brother and of his sister-in-law Marie-Antoinette, transferred and re-buried in the Basilica of St Denis, the Royal necropolis of the Kings and Queen of France.
Between 1816 and 1826, a commemorative monument, the Chapelle expiatoire, was erected at the location of the former cemetery and church.
These two engravings are dated around that time, 1816-1820. On the engravings we see portrayals of the king and queen, both flanked by the weapons of their houses. Weeping angels are next to the names of the reigns.
Both prints are made by well known French master engravers:
- Marie Antoinette, was made by: Pierre François Bertonnier (1791-1858).
- King Louis XVI, was made by: Pinx. François-Jacques Dequevauviller (1783-1848) Sculp. Callet
Both gravures have been cleaned to enhance the engravings and aid conservation. Both prints have foxing spots.
Used “new” black plaster frames where used to frame the engravings. These frames have some missing chips, and scratches meant to add to the charm of these old prints.
The engravings measure approx. 6 by 5 inches.
The mattes measure 15.7 by 11.8 inches.
Two very interesting and neat looking prints. decorate your wall, behind glass.
These engravings can be bought directly via —>Etsy, or by contacting me via the form below. The price for these two is 124,95 Euro exclusive of shipping costs.
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