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Note: Deux femmes alliées is French for two allied women.

Also Note: In January 1894 an alliance between Russia and France was completed. The signers were Czar Alexander III (known as Alexander the Peacemaker) and French President Sadi Carnot. In October of 1896 there was a ceremony for the laying of the cornerstone for the new Alexander III Bridge in Paris that would span the Seine near the Grand Palais. By the time of the ceremony and surrounding events, Sadi Cornot was dead, having been assassinated in June 1894 by an Italian anarchist. Czar Alexander III was also dead having passed away in November 1894. So the historic ceremony and meetings took place between the new French President Félix Faure and the eldest son of Alexander III who became Czar Nicholas II when his father died. The ceremony was both a symbolic statement of the friendship of the countries, and also a time for the leaders to get to know each other. Lalique created several different Deux Femmes Alliées objects as gifts to commemorate the alliance and in celebration of the importance of the Czar's visit. The stickpin that appeared at auction was accompanied by a case monogrammed FF for the French President. The two young women in all these objects are meant to represent the friendship between the two countries. The one on the left is dressed in Russian royalty motifs, and the one on the right represents Marianne. Since the time of the French Revolution, Marianne has been the national personification of the French Republic, being portrayed as a Goddess of Liberty, and a representative of fundamental principles such as reason and equality. She would be comparable to Lady Liberty in the United States, who has been depicted on so many coins, stamps, and in so much artwork throughout American history. Both Lady Liberty and Marianne also personify the ideals and symbolism expressed by the French gift to the United States of the Statue of Liberty.

Also Note: In addition to this stickpin, a box, collar buttons, and cufflinks with the same design have appeared.

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Model No. Stickpin-119  Circa 1896
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