France, Consulate (1799-1804)
Steel, gilt brass, gilt bronze, ebony
Total length : 112 cm; L. : 14 cm
Blade length : 91 cm
(A screw is missing from the scabbard)
The sword presented is said to be "de luxe", referring to its rich decoration and its chosen materials.
The handle is made of gilded and chiseled bronze: the inverted quillons "à la Marengo" are decorated with a wolf's head and the other one tapers to form the branch. It is chiseled with a plant decoration.
The oval shaped auricles are occupied on both sides by the face of Athena.
The ebony spindle is worked in a squared manner. It is topped by a pommel with a lion's head, holding in its mouth the branch of the guard. The ornament develops into a leafy shell, fish scale and six-pointed star.
The carp tongue blade is made of damask, gilded on the proximal part. It is decorated with a bundle of arms, trophies, a sword wrapped in oak leaves and laurel, flowers and the monogram RK. This set is made following the technique of etching. These initials refer to its owner: Riou de Kersalaün.
The back of the blade also bears a mention: "Manufacture de Klingenthal Coulaux Frères". Some pitting without gravity.
The blued steel scabbard is decorated with three gilded brass trimmings: two bracelets and the bouterolle. A pair of openwork palmette-shaped brackets surround the two quadrangular bracelets. They are each provided with a ring of bélière. The bowl is also in gilt bronze and scalloped to accommodate the auricles. The bouterolle, decorated on one side with a chiseled plant motif, ends in a symmetrical stinger with two volutes.
This sword belonged to François Marie Joseph Riou de Kersalaün (1765-1811), a politician who was Major of the National Guard of Brest, Deputy of Finistère, Prefect of Cantal, and Member and then President of the Council of Five Hundred in 1797 - the said council refers to the lower house, which is, with the Council of Elders, one of the two legislative assemblies of the Directory, established in 1795. He was made Baron d'Empire in 1810.
Provenance: Former Georges Schweitzer collection, Strasbourg.
Bibliography: Reproduced in the catalog of the military exhibition of the Société des Amis des Arts of 1904, plate IX, n°2.
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