This is a very rare and collectible plate depicting the 'Royal Flight to Varennes' (French: La Fuite à Varennes) of 22 June 1791.
The Scene illustrated shows a significant episode in the French Revolution in which King Louis XVI of France, his queen Marie Antoinette, and their immediate family attempted unsuccessfully to escape from Paris in order to initiate a counter-revolution at the head of loyal troops under royalist officers concentrated at Montmédy near the frontier. They escaped only as far as the small town of Varennes, where they were arrested after having been recognized at their previous stop in Sainte-Menehould.
The incident was a turning point after which popular hostility towards the French monarchy as an institution, as well as towards the king and queen as individuals, became much more pronounced. The king's attempted flight provoked charges of treason that ultimately led to his execution in 1793.
The plates measures 34cms (13") diameter and weighs 1.3kgs (3lbs). It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.
Perfect for anyone interested in French History and particularly the French Revolution. It's a real 'Talking Point' and would look fabulous displayed on a French Dresser with other similar Blue and White China Dishes.
...................“liberty, equality, fraternity“..................
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