This frieze is above a children’s clothing store on Avenue du Général-Leclerc* (near the corner of Rue Rémy Dumoncel**). I admire it every time I pass and today decided to take a picture of the dashing cavalier and see what I could find out about his origins. “Dragées chocolate” is scrolled above the cavalier’s head. A tile to the left of the frieze reads “d’ après Dransy.” The tile on the right reads “Céramiste Georgette Pierre.”
“Jules Isnard Dransy” – About 8,340 results (0.20 seconds) After scrolling through a ridiculous number of those 8,340 results I now know that Monsieur Dransy was born in Switzerland in 1883 and died in 1945. M. Dransy was a prolific illustrator and seems to be most famous for his Noclas posters. That’s it. I want to know more.
“Georgette Pierre” – About 3,790,000 results (0.20 seconds) “Radio/TV personality and writer, Georgette Pierre is a force to be reckoned with.” Not the ceramicist I was looking for.
“dragées chocolate” – About 1,950,000 results (0.28 seconds) “A dragée is a bite-sized, colorful form of confectionery with a hard outer shell – which is often used for another purpose (e.g. decorative, symbolic, medicinal, etc.) in addition to consumption purely for enjoyment.” – wikipedia
*Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (1902-1947) Destictions: Maréchal de France Grand-croix de la Légion d’honneur Compagnon de la Libération Croix de guerre 1939-1945 Croix de guerre des Théâtres d’opérations extérieurs Distinguished Service Order
**Rémy Dumoncel (1848-1945) – Editor, member of the French Resistance, deported to Neuengamme where he died of exhaustion on March 15, 1945.