CALVADOS. Draft letter from an unidentified... - Lot 109 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay

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CALVADOS. Draft letter from an unidentified... - Lot 109 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay
CALVADOS. Draft letter from an unidentified sculptor and medalist. 8 pp. in-8, ca. 1897. On mourning paper. Restoration of the church of Saint-Etienne in Honfleur to accommodate a museum [disused in 1791, the old church of Saint-Etienne was given in 1897 to the Société du Vieux Honfleur which restored it, rebuilt the bell tower, built a tribune, had stained glass windows made and exhibited part of its collections there from 1899]. Long draft of a letter on the restoration project. "I am sending Mr. Bouvier 2 casts of the 2 other figures intended for the corbels 1 and 3 from the platform. I am very pleased and flattered by the favorable reception that the committee has given to the first two figures [...]. I would like to tell you, once and for all, that for the later works that I could propose to the Old Honfleur, how much I wish that the committee decides in all independence [...] ". The author of the letter goes into great detail about how he envisages the decoration of the building, between modernity, respect for history and the constraints of a museum. "3° It is the square, the street that suggested to me these four gossipy figures whose ensemble forms a sort of circumstantial subject: the first one, a little more adorned, is looking towards the quay, worried and a little angry at the expected one that is not coming. The 3 others look at one of these thousand insignificant incidents of the street; the one who is leaning (2nd) observes with an apparent indifference: she must be bad-tongued [...]. If there is something to do for St Etienne, I will be delighted to contribute [...]". Cantal : see n°292
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