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French WW1 Vide-Poche

A loose change dish cast in lead with an image of three French WW1 soldiers loading a gun with a battle scene beyond. Edged in cast leaves with berries and a small handle at each end. Inscribed ‘Un vrai poilu, notre 75 en action’ and signed Carlier lower left. Translates to ‘a true soldier, our 75 (gun) in action’. A vide-poche is a French term for a dish wherein a gentleman would empty the contents of his pocket.
French, circa 1915 - 1920
Width 5” (13cm) Depth 3” (7.5cm)
Stock No. 1524

The expression ‘poilu’ has always been a widely-used term of endearment for the French infantry of World War 1 and was stereotypical of bravery and endurance. It here appears to refer to the french 75 mm field gun that was commonly known as the ‘french 75’ and which, as a quick-firing field artillery piece, was adopted by the French army in 1898.

Émile Nestor Joseph Carlier (1849 - 1927), always known as Joseph Carlier, was a prolific and highly regarded French Sculptor who took an active part in WW1 by assisting refugees and helping the people of his town of birth, Cambrai. He began exhibiting at The Salon in 1874 and continued to do so for the remainder of his life. He received a Gold Medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle de Paris, was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and was made Officier de la Légion d’honneur in 1910. His work is represented throughout France, especially in the Louvre, Sorbonne and Élysée Palace.

Price: £165.00




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French WW1 Vide-Poche

A loose change dish cast in lead with an image of three French WW1 soldiers loading a gun with a battle scene beyond. Edged in cast leaves with berries and a small handle at each end. Inscribed ‘Un vrai poilu, notre 75 en action’ and signed Carlier lower left. Translates to ‘a true soldier, our 75 (gun) in action’. A vide-poche is a French term for a dish wherein a gentleman would empty the contents of his pocket.
French, circa 1915 - 1920
Width 5” (13cm) Depth 3” (7.5cm)
Stock No. 1524

The expression ‘poilu’ has always been a widely-used term of endearment for the French infantry of World War 1 and was stereotypical of bravery and endurance. It here appears to refer to the french 75 mm field gun that was commonly known as the ‘french 75’ and which, as a quick-firing field artillery piece, was adopted by the French army in 1898.

Émile Nestor Joseph Carlier (1849 - 1927), always known as Joseph Carlier, was a prolific and highly regarded French Sculptor who took an active part in WW1 by assisting refugees and helping the people of his town of birth, Cambrai. He began exhibiting at The Salon in 1874 and continued to do so for the remainder of his life. He received a Gold Medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle de Paris, was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and was made Officier de la Légion d’honneur in 1910. His work is represented throughout France, especially in the Louvre, Sorbonne and Élysée Palace.

Price: £165.00

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