However, France was not ashamed to occupy the territory of the duke. Leopold left his capital Nancy and built in Lunéville a palace worthy to compete with Versailles.
The duke was assisted by the Marquis de Beauvau-Craon, of same age as himself and whom he married to his favorite. The marquis made a very successful career with the duke, who in 1697 gave him the title of Grand Ecuyer (master of the horse) de Lorraine. Since the late Middle Ages, the grand écuyer in entrusted to bear the écu (shield) in official ceremonies, meaning that he is the guarantor of the symbols of power of his sovereign.
In that period of the climax of French prestige, Lorraine had to follow this trend. In 1728, a luxurious épée de grand écuyer was provided to Beauvau-Craon, who had also been upgraded to prince in the meantime. On the following year, this sword accompanied the bâton ducal (ducal stick or scepter) at the funeral of Duke Leopold.
Remaining up to now in the Beauvau-Craon family, this presentation arm is estimated € 700K for sale on June 15 in Paris by AuctionArt, lot 6 on the bidding platform auction.fr.
Made on the model of ancient swords of the connétables de France, it is the piece of a goldsmith with its gilt (vermeil) guard carved with the emblems of Lorraine. It is unique in its kind.