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Lot 704: CANAL ZOLA
29 October 2016
Brussels, BelgiumLive Auction
Description: 10 October 1846 PARIS. AIX-EN-PROVENCE. Titre de Participation. black. #1200. No 430. Generally worn condition with some staining and many repaired splits. Formed Aix-en-Provence, 1846. In 1837, Aix, like many other cities in Europe, was hit by a cholera epidemic. The city decided to improve its supply of clean drinking-water, and build a dam at Le Thoronet, 7Km from the city. The architect was an Italian named François Zola (father of the writer Emile Zola), and the dam took his name. The company building the dam was mismanaged, and bankrupt in 1852. The canal was completed in 1854, and supplied the needed drinking-water, and also irrigation. But the water-flow was never really adequate for efficient working. This dam is today managed by the Société du Canal de Provence, only as a reserve in case of urgency at the Bimont dam, higher up. Shows the arms of Aix, and various small vignettes of water themes in a very decorative and delicate border. Only two pieces known to us.
Condition Report: F