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BARYE, Antoine-Louis

Paris 1795 - Paris 1875

Charles VII le Victorieux

Charles VII, the Victorious

proposed for original model 1836-40

bronze with a warm red over green patina over socle in gilt bronze on red marble base

equestrian statue(tte)

Dimensions (HxWxD): 20 34 x 13 58 x 7 78 in.

Acc. No.: 27.164

Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1866

Photo credit: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

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Provenance

  • 1866, June 27, Baltimore, William T. Walters, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]
  • 1894, Baltimore, Henry Walters, by inheritance
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, by bequest

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Comment

  • Museum's information, April 2013:
    After French forces led by Joan of Arc lifted the siege of Orléans in 1429, Charles (1403-61) was crowned king of France in Reims Cathedral. Although he failed to prevent Joan of Arc from being burnt at the stake, Charles VII succeeded in expelling the English occupiers from Normandy after the Battle of Formigny in 1450 and from Guyenne the following year, thereby establishing the boundaries of France.
    Charles appears as a youth mounted on a small horse and wearing armor and a laurel wreath symbolizing victory. The statuette is mounted on a gilt-bronze socle, or base, decorated with Gothic interlace designs