Jean-François de Galaup, Count of La Pérouse (1741-1788). He was a Naval Captain when King Louis XVI entrusted him with a scientific exploration mission around the world. He left Brest in 1785 with two ships: the “Astrolabe” and the “Boussole”. It is now known that both ships were wrecked in the bay of the isolated island of Vanikoro, caught in a storm in 1788. In 1793, a few moments before going to the scaffold, King Louis XVI is said to have asked: “Is there any news of Monsieur de Lapérouse?” Antique manufacture by Gustave Vertunni, France, circa 1940. Solid lead figurine. Scale 55mm to the eye line. Overall height : 60 – 65mm.