The years pass and Bernini's monument is still not delivered. The king had established in the mean time a protectionist regime, including for arts. Even before the monument was received in 1685, Louvois required Girardon to make major changes. This statue nearly 4 m high is then installed in Versailles.
They must do better. In 1686 a bronze showing Louis XIV standing in coronation costume is installed on the new Place des Victoires. At 12 m high including its tall pedestal, the monument was made by Desjardins. It will be destroyed during the Révolution.
The square that will become Place des Conquêtes before being Place Louis-le-Grand and later Place Vendôme is also under construction. Advised by Louvois, the king ordered in 1685 an equestrian statue to Girardon. Designed on the model of the statue of Marcus Aurelius, the monument is made in 1692 in a single casting of 60,000 liters of bronze. Inaugurated in 1699, it is 7 m high, 17 m including the pedestal, and will also be destroyed under the Révolution.
In 1690 Louvois wants the same for his castle in Meudon. Girardon is preparing a very similar model, with a change in the position of the arm to hold a command stick. This version will be illustrated in the directory of works and collections by Girardon made under the supervision of the artist at the end of his life.
Four bronzes in reduction of the equestrian statue of Louis XIV by Girardon were realized under the control of the artist. Only one of them is in the Louvois-Meudon configuration. This statue 104 x 90 x 43 cm weighing 232 Kg is estimated £ 7M for sale by Christie's in London on July 5, lot 130.
The casting date of one of the three specimens in the Place Louis-le-Grand configuration is known : 1696. Radiographic inspections of three of the replicas show that the arms were fitted on bodies supported by a similar internal armature.