Dated 1863 Framed Copper Plaque - 50th Anniversary Of Dutch Ouster Of Napoleon For Sale
Up for sale is this extremely rare dated 1813 - 1863 copper plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of the the ouster of Napoleon and the French from the Netherlands. The 6 3/4 inch copper plaque has an extremely detailed high relief scene of French troops rowing away from the Dutch shoreline with enemy soldiers and dutch citizens in ships, houses and castles jeering their departure. A brief history...in the 1790's, with the blessing of Prince William V of the Dutch House of Orange, Napoleon and the French occupied Amsterdam and most of the Netherlands. Although unpopular with the Dutch people (there were several attempted rebellions), the French stayed until 1813 when, aided by the Russian Cossacks and Prussian troops, the Dutch were able to defeat the French and drive them out (by this time, the unpopular William V was already removed from power). Two years later, the house of Orange was reintroduced into power, with William VI being named Sovereign Price and eventually King in 1815 (the first King of the Netherlands - he was renamed King William I). The scene described above is on the bottom 2/3rds of the plaque. The top third has the Royal Amorial Coat of Arms of the Orange Monarchy with the words "MAIN TIEM DRAI" and "GEEN NEDERLAND ZONDER ORANJE". Around the edges of the plaque is written "1813 - 1863" and "C.K. VAN HOGENDORP. A.F. VANDERDUYN VAN MASDA. M.L. VAN LIMBURGSTRUM. J.M. KEMPER. A.R. FALCK.". These were major figures in the rebellion and eventual establishment of the King William I monarchy. As a side note, C.K. Van Hogendorp was a great grandparent of actress Audrey Hepburn! There is also a few letters on the bottom part of the plaque, "Ps. CXXVI : 3.".The plaque is housed in its original round wood frame (painted black) and has its original braided rope spacer around the very outside edges. Part of the Original Amsterdam manufactures paper label is still present on the back. There is a ring hook on the back for hanging the piece. The plaque is in nice shape for being 150 years old with just a very, very small puncture hole (less than 1/4 inch) in the French rowboat (very minor!) and a pin sized hole over the "E" in "NEDERLAND" (even more minor!). It exhibits a wonderful age patina to the copper. Its highly detailed, raised relief scenes set a spectacular example of 19th century European art and the pictures give no justice to the effect of this piece!!! A great, rare find, in wonderful condition, all offered with ! A nice addition to any European or Dutch Historical, art or general metalware collection!
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