Style Louis XV / Ref.10374
Antique cast iron fireback depicting the meeting between the King of France and of Spain
Width: 25'' ¼ 64cm
Height: 27'' ½ 70cm
Depth: 1'' ⅛ 3cm
18th century. France.
Crack on the lower part.
This fireback illustrate the farewell between the King of Spain, Philip V and the King of France, Louis XIV. A ribbon with the inscription "The farewell of the King of Spain with the king of France" describes the scene. The young King of Spain is steping out of a carriage, and bow in front of Louis XIV. In the background one can see the Castle of Sceaux. This plate has a fluted frieze alternating perls and godrons and is topped with scrolls.
This model was made from a plate kept at Sceaux Museum.
Historical : In December 1700, King Louis XIV decided to give his farewell to his little son the Duke of Anjou, recently king of Spain under the name Philip V. Our plate depicts the farewell between those two historical figures, which inspired the King of France the famous sentence "My son, there is no Pyrenees." He does not yet know that will ensue the thirteen years of the War of Spanish Succession. These battles will inspire him another famous sentence in his farewell to Louis XV "You must avoid war as much as you can. This is the ruin of the peoples. Do not follow the bad example that I gave you on that matter. "
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