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Place Antonin-Poncet 2-22 (2e)
(Grande Poste)

Histoire et allegories de Lyon

History and Allegories of Lyon

Various sculptors
1935-38

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Description

The 'Poste de Lyon' (Lyon Main Post Office) was built by the architect Michel Roux-Spitz between 1935 and 1938. In the fa&231;ade of the building are several reliefs.

High reliefs above the entrances (each entrance has its own address!)

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Ship
Signed: J.H. Bardey
Quai du Docteur Gailleton 13
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Le Pilote Rhodanien (Man and lion)
Signed: salendre
Place Antonin-Poncet 22
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Rhône and Saône
Signed: marcel renard
Place Antonin-Poncet 10
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Industrie
Signed: J.H. Bardey
Place Antonin-Poncet 8
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Commerce (Mercure)
Sculpted by Jeanne Bardey
Place Antonin-Poncet 2
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Architect ?
Signed: JBardey
Rue de la Charité 1

History of Lyon: Low reliefs at the entrance gates
The main entrance Place Antonin-Poncet 4-6 has three door, each with reliefs on both door posts, and each relief consisting of four panels with various scenes. The twenty-four reliefs represent the history of Lyon with scenes showing in most cases professions. The eight scenes of the left door, sculpted by Salendre in collaboration with J. Dulac, show the Gallo-Roman era and the early Middle Ages. The central door, sculpted by Henriette et Jeanne Bardey includes scenes from the sixteenth century: trades, main events, celebrities, including Philibert Delorme, Rabelais, etc. And the motifs on the right door, by Marcel Renard, show modern times.

The identification of the different scenes is our interpretation, the only source with identifications is the Art Deco site, but not aware of the history theme most of that author's identifications are not correct (describing the martyrdom of Saint Blandina as 'Torréro').

Left
the Gallo-Roman era and the early Middle Ages

Signed: g. salendre sculpteur
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Prêtres gaulois / Gallic priests
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Le martyre de Sainte Blandine / The martyrdom of Saint Blandine
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Construction de l'aqueduc / Construction of the aquaduct
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Combat des Gaulois et des Romains / Fight of Gauls and Romans
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Lyon commune libre an 1371 / Lyon free town, 1371
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??
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Scène de l'auberge / Inn scene
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Construction de la cathédrale / Construction of the cathedral
Center
the sixteenth century

Signed: j.h. bardey sculpteur
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??
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Musiciens / Musiciana
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La peste à Lyon, 1533 / The plague in Lyon, 1533
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Banquiers Italiens à Lyon / Italian Bankers in Lyon
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Teinturier / Dyer
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Imprimeur Guillaume Rouillé / The printer Guillaume Rouillé
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François Rabelais à l'Hôtel-Dieu / François Rabelais in the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital
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Philibert Delorme, architect
Right
modern times

Signed: renard sculpteur
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La révolution française / The French Revolution
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François-Frédéric Lemot sculptant la statue équestre de Louis XIV / F. Lemot sculpting the equestrian statue of Louis XIV
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Métier à tisser de Jacquard / Jacquard loom
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Vignerons / Winemakers
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Cuisinières / Cooks
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Chirurgien / Surgeon
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Manutenciers / Handlers
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Cueilleuses / Harvesters

Signature

(building) MICHEL ROUX-SPITZ architecte premier grand prix de rome 1935-1938

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Cook (profession)
  • Dulac, Jean
  • Dyer
  • Gaul
  • Harvester
  • History Sculpture
  • Industry
  • Jacquard, Joseph Marie
  • Lion
  • Loom
  • Mercurius / Hermes
  • Musician
  • Physician
  • Priest (Gallic)
  • Printer
  • Rabelais, François
  • Renard, Léopold
  • Rhône (personification)
  • Rouillé, Guillaume
  • Salendre, Georges
  • Saône (personification)
  • Ship / boat
  • Soldier (Roman)
  • Surgeon
  • Trade (allegorical figure)
  • Viniculturist
  • Worker
  • Locatie (N 45°45'21" - E 4°50'1")

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