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Buy or Bid Sale 216  27 Jul 2021
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Lot 632

Estimate: 265 USD
Price realized: 200 USD
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France, Colonial Exposition, 1931, Medal, AU/UNC; France, Colonial Exposition, 1931 Medal, AU/UNC, International Colonial Exposition, Paris by L. Bazor. Bronze 68mm. Maier 330. rance,facing left embracing representatives of the Colonies/Arial map of the exposition according to architect Albert Tournaire. Slight collar error along edge.

The exposition stretched from the Porte Dorée metro station (formerly Picpus) over the whole of the Bois de Vincennes. The Palace of the Colonies, the only construction built to last after the event was over, comprised an overview of the exposition, presenting the history of the French Empire, its territories, the colonies' contributions to France, as well as those of France to the colonies.

The exposition aimed to give the French people the feeling of strolling through a country that was not limited to its metropolitan borders. Invited to "take a trip around the world in one day", the visitor could discover each of the French possessions inside pavilions inspired by native architecture. For example, Indochina was represented by a pavilion copying the spectacular dimensions of the Cambodian temple of Angkor Vat. The pavilion of French West Africa was inspired by the architecture of the great Djenné mosque in Mali.
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