In Whisper of the Heart, the Baron is a statue which has a story to it that Mr. Nishi tells Shizuku Tsukishima. The Baron had a female counterpart. Mr. Nishi sees the baron statue at a cafe in Paris, France with a lady named Louise. The owner agrees to sell, and Louise was to give Mr. Nishi the other statue when it was repaired.
Mr. Nishi returned to Japan, but then WWII broke out, and he never saw Louise again. He did go back to Paris, but he never saw her. Shizuku Tsukishima uses the baron statue in her story called Whisper of the Heart.