Style Louis XVI / Ref.9534
18th-century fireback with Louis-Michel Lepeletier de Saint-Fargeau coat of arms and unicorns
Width: 31'' ⅛ 79cm
Height: 38'' ¼ 97cm
Depth: 1'' ⅝ 4cm
Late 18th century, France
Very good condition. Natural wear and patina. Fireback will be waxed before leaving our workshop.
Important 18th-century cast iron fireback with coat of arms.
This one belongs to the family Lepeletier de Saint-Fargeau. The blazon is as follows: « Azure base, with silver cross moline, stamped with a chevron, two six point Sable mullets and a golden rose ». Two unicorns support the shield (read our article about unicorn iconography). At the helm a marquis's crown and a mortar, symbol of the presidents of Parlement. This tends to point to Louis-Michel Le Peletier, Marquis of Saint-Fargeau as the personal owner of these arms.
Louis-Michel Lepeletier de Saint-Fargeau was mortar president of the Parlement of Paris, then during the French Revolution, president of the Constituent Assembly. Because of his vote for the death of King Louis XVI, he was assasinated on the eve of the execution. The painter Jacques-Louis David was commissioned to organize his funeral, which was magnificient, and represented Saint-Fargeau's death in a famous painting that was later destroyed by his daughter.
In Paris, a subway station and a street are named after him. The Le Peletier townhouse is now an annexe of the Carnavalet Museum in the Marais in Paris.
Le Carnavalet Museum exhibits an antique cast iron fireback with Michel Le Peletier de Souzy coat of arms, along with the ones of his wife, Madeleine Guérin des Forts. The blazon is also held by unicorns and is dated from 1688.
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