Arguably the most dominant of Dupuy’s collection is Justice Unblinded, which stands 6 feet 7 inches tall. Some believe the figure was inspired by French Neoclassical sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Bust of Napoleon. The casting was listed in a catalog from 1890 for $950. Statues with metallic finishes cost about 10% more than those offered with one painted coat. The statue was placed following the destruction by fire of buildings to the west of the hotel, and may have been a commentary on the slow removal of charred debris that remained after the loss of the McClellan Opera House in 1892 (Dupuy led a group of local citizens to petition the Town of Georgetown for an expedient clean-up of the lots).
Much like a cigar store Indian, Reclining Stag or Reclining Deer advertised Hotel de Paris as an inn where travelers could eat and rest. The figure portrays an American white-tailed deer, with one front leg extended. It stands 3 feet 8 inches tall and was bronzed or gilded. In 1890, it sold for $70. The stag symbolizes St. Julian the Hospitaler, the patron saint of innkeepers and travelers.
Flanking the stag is a charming pair of bronzed or gilded water bearers known as Boy With Pan or Boy Fountain. The statuettes stood approximately 2 feet 3 inches tall and were typically accompanied by a cast iron ground basin decorated by long leaves or shells and frogs. Dupuy’s figures supported reservoirs above their heads to catch or hold water, and may have served as birdbaths.
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