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T he year is 1717. France is a powerful kingdom ruled by a seven-year-old child. Bound by destiny, a family of dexterous arquebusiers* leaves the peaceful plains of Normandy to settle in the racing heart of Paris.
* Craftsmen who made and sold portable long-barreled guns.
T he House soon attracts the best craftsmen to its service. In the heat of the workshop, bold and talented engravers, sculptors, modelers, founders, metal-chasers, gilders, sheath-makers, leatherworkers, goldsmiths and jewelers fashion exceptional weapons and forge the family legend.
A s a hallmark for its creations, Fauré Le Page steals the armor of dreaded dragons and bewitching sirens. The Scales motif becomes the House’s emblem, endowing those who wield its arms with strength and power of seduction.
D azzled by the masterly skill of its craftsmen, kings, emperors and princes alike commission its weapons to grace their armories. Louis XVI’s hunting pieces, Bonaparte’s vermeil saber, and the pistols of l’Aiglon are among the masterworks that burnished the glory of the powerful, and now take pride of place in the world’s greatest museums and private collections.
T he creative freedom of Fauré Le Page is matched by its liberty of opinion. Swept up in the maelstrom of revolution in 1789 and 1830, the House works with steely courage to overturn the established order and arms the champions of freedom.
P erfecting its art, this dynasty of craftsmen wins acclaim for its innovations and blasting patents. Their ingenuity is rewarded with numerous medals* and trophies. Showered with accolades by the greatest writers – Balzac, Pushkin, Chateaubriand and Dumas – Fauré Le Page enters the realm of legend.
*1851 and 1862 Great London Exhibition. 1855, 1867, 1878 and 1889 Paris World’s Fair. Vienna World's Fair 1873. 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. 1911 Turin World’s Fair.
E mbarking on the next stage in its epic story, in 2012, the three-hundred-year-old family firm moves to its new quarters at 21, rue Cambon. True to its motto, “Armé pour séduire” (“Armed for seduction”), Fauré Le Page tirelessly reinvents the rules of romantic conquest.