France, French Revolution, The Abandonment of Privilges
Commissioned from Nicolas Marie Gatteaux the reverse of this piece shows the room on the Rue des Chantiers which had become the home of the National Assembly. In it the three orders, nobles, clergy and bourgeois, each identified by their dress, are led by one of their number, probably the Vicomte de Noailles, in an oath to abandon all privileges. The titles to these privileges have been thrown to the floor- sacrificed to the altar of the fatherland- besides which symbol of roman republican virtue and of new nationalism which was to make France into a modern state, the deputies in their eighteenth-century dress seem almost insubstantial.
The medal was ordered by the sixteenth article of the decree dated 4, 6, 7, 8 and 11 August and was sanctioned by the King on 21 August and 3 November 1789. The cost of the dies was born by a subscription raised among the deputies, and by another decree (9 December 1790, sanctioned by the King on the fifteenth of the same month) 1,200 examples were to be struck in copper and distributed to the deputies. The dies were then to be formally destroyed.
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