Rare collection of French Revolution commemorative buttons, circa 1790, Paris, each with engraved title of event depicted at bottom, hand-colored stipple engravings on bezel set in copper buttons, 1-1/2 in. diameter. These buttons were created to both celebrate and support the events of the French Revolution.
"Portrait of a Mother and Daughter" attributed to Henri-Pierre Danloux (1794-1795) at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland - From the curators' comments: "Though flowing loose and free across her shoulders, the woman’s hair is partly bound up in a red kerchief, a tell-tale sign she is an active participant in the French Revolution. The painting also celebrates primary values of the Revolutionary period--close family bonds and, especially, the mother’s role in raising children..."
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ball of the Bastille, 1790. The demolition of the Bastille soon came to symbolize the triumph over the forces of tyranny and repression and the first anniversary of the fall of the Bastille was commemorated by a special festival. Delegates from all over France were invited to come to Paris to swear an oath of loyalty and to enjoy fireworks, pageants, and other displays of national solidarity. Here the celebrants dance on the very spot where the prison once stood.
Marie Thérèse of France, oldest child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Ca. 1796 soon after her release from the Temple.The only member of her family to survive. The news of their fates was kept from her for 3 years. She is dressed in mourning. There is a question whether she retired from public life or was impersonated for the rest of her life by a close friend. Her public life includes that she was the last Queen of France for 20 minutes while her husband signed the abdication papers
Revolutionary jacket (Carmagnole), 1790-1800. Jacket worn by the sans-culottes, workers, artisans and a few members of the Convention. Red woolen cloth, woolen cloth and red hemp lining, natural hemp cloth.