Petition by citizen makers of plaster casts to the National Convention, 3rd March (1794)

Source: Archives nationales, Paris (F17/1304)

Petition by citizen makers of plaster casts to the National Convention, 3rd March (1794), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Petition by citizen makers of plaster casts to the National Convention, 3rd March, 1794

Full title original language:
Petition des Citoyens Mouleurs à la Cour nationale (sic), Le treize Ventose de l’an 2e

The petition of the capital’s makers of casts solicits correction of the omission of three-dimensional works of genius from the scope of 1793 French Literary and Artistic Property Act. Although it mounts its claims on parity between makers of casts and publishers of texts, and between casts and books, its arguments focus rather on the commercial and reputational damage caused by the unregulated nature of the trade in sculpture.

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  • Katie Scott, Becoming Property: Art, theory and law in early modern France (New Haven and London, 2018) 289

Related documents in this database:
1676: Decree on Sculptures
1777: Royal declaration on sculpture and painting
1793: French Literary and Artistic Property Act

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Year: 1794

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Language: French

Source: Archives nationales, Paris (F17/1304)

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Decree on sculpture (France) 1676
French Literary and Artistic Property Act (France) 1793
Royal declaration on painting and sculpture (France) 1777


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