Lorenz Bäumer made 4 academician swords, for Gabriel de Broglie, Jacques Taddéi, François Girod and Xavier Darcos.
It is traditional for the friends of a future academician to meet in a "sword committee" to offer him his sword. Far from being a weapon, this one is a work of art, a manifesto in which can be read, in symbolic terms, the events, the ambitions, the loves, the convictions which have built or punctuated the course of the one who access to human immortality.
GABRIEL DE BROGLIE'S SWORD
On the sword of Gabriel de Broglie, a great bibliophile, Lorenz Bäumer made azure and gold dominate, reminiscent of the arms of his family. On the ring of the scabbard, the books appear as well as an oil lamp, emblem of Madame de Genlis. Below are engraved the arcades of the Palais-Royal, recalling both the Council of State of which he has been a member since 1960 and the Orléans family to which Madame de Genlis was attached. Finally, on the blade, the title of an essay by the academician sounds like a credo “Le français pour qu'il vive”.
THE SWORD OF XAVIER DARCOS
Xavier Darcos was elected to the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences on June 26, 2006 and elected to the French Academy on June 13, 2013.