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E-auction 324-240880 - SECOND EMPIRE Médaille, Loi du 1er mai 1802

SECOND EMPIRE Médaille, Loi du 1er mai 1802 XF
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Estimate : 120 €
Price : 28 €
Maximum bid : 28 €
End of the sale : 01 July 2019 18:19:00
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Médaille, Loi du 1er mai 1802
Date: 1862
Mint name / Town : France
Metal : silver
Diameter : 35 mm
Engraver DEPAULIS Alexis-Joseph (1790-1867)
Weight : 20 g.
Edge : lisse + abeille ARGENT
Puncheon : abeille ARGENT
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire nettoyé

Obverse


Obverse legend : NAPOLÉON III EMPEREUR.
Obverse description : Tête nue de Napoléon III à gauche.

Reverse


Reverse legend : LOI DU 1 MAI 1802 / BUREAU / D’ADMINISTRATION / DU LYCEE / ARRETE DU 30 MARS 1862 / S. EX. M. ROULAND / M. DE L’INSTRUCTION / PUBLIQUE/ ET DES CULTES.
Reverse description : Légende en 10 lignes horizontales.

Commentary


Cette médaille commémore la Loi générale sur l'instruction publique du 1er mai 1802 (11 Floréal An X).

Alexis-Joseph Depaulis, né le 30 août 1790 à Paris, où il meurt le 29 septembre 1867, est un sculpteur et médailleur français.
Depaulis est l'élève d'Andrieux et de Cartier. Il rentre à École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts en 1813 et expose au Salon de peinture et de sculpture de 1815 à 1855. Parmi ses médailles, on peut citer : Cadmus combattant le serpent, Mariage chrétien (1824), Vénus de Milo (1827), l'Avènement du roi Louis-Philippe Ier (1830). Il réalise des médailles pour la Galerie métallique des grands hommes français. Il réunit une collection de moulages, de médailles et de sceaux qui sont conservées les unes au musée du Louvre, les autres à l'école des beaux-arts de Paris.
Il est l'auteur du Monument de Pierre Corneille à Rouen (1835), de la Fondation du musée de Versailles (1839) et de la Prise de Saint-Jean-d'Ulloa (1855).

Historical background


SECOND EMPIRE

(2/12/1852-4/09/1870)

Proclaimed emperor under the name of Napoleon III, Louis Napoleon made his solemn entry into Paris December 2, 1852. He married Marie Eugenie de Montijo, a Spanish aristocrat, in January 1853. His reign can be divided into three periods: the authoritarian Empire until 1860, the Liberal Empire from 1860 to 1870 and the Parliamentary Empire in 1870. During the authoritarian Empire, Napoleon III exerts its unchallenged power, control the press while newspapers practice self-censorship to avoid deletion. Prefects exercise unlimited power in the departments, mayors, civil servants are appointed by the government. As under the First Empire, Education and the University are monitored. Now the main principles of the revolution, the people's sovereignty is continued through consultation by plebiscite. On the economic front, the growth is important, industrialization develops and credit agencies and department stores. Military prestige is enhanced by the Crimean War that allows France to play an international role. The attack Orsini (January 1858) does not preclude the France to intervene in Italy to overcome the principle of nationalities and allows the annexation of Nice and Savoy by the Treaty of Turin (March 1860). In 1860, the Empire is moving towards more freedoms: free trade treaty of commerce with England, the appearance of a weak opposition in the Legislature, granting the right to strike (1864), liberalization of the press (1868). On the international level, France acquires New Caledonia, Cochin and encourages digging of the Suez Canal by Ferdinand de Lesseps. Mexico, support for Maximilian and Austria, however, is a failure. The elections of 1869 are very bad for the regime and the opposition gets 45% of votes. The system then evolves towards a parliamentary Empire calling Émile Ollivier, chief Orléanist and Liberal party in power. After Sadowa in 1866 when Prussia crushed Austria, the case of the throne of Spain and the Ems telegram lead to war was declared July 19, 1870. Accumulating setbacks, the French army was surrounded in Metz and Napoleon III, sick, capitulated at Sedan on September 2. As soon as the news was known, the decay of the Empire is announced by Gambetta and the Republic was proclaimed on September 4. Napoleon III was then taken captive in Hesse and share in Kent, where he died in 1873.

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