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The gesso finish worn through in appropriate place
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) understood the importance and the appeal of the ancient Greek wreath of laurel. Wise to its historic image, and the tradition of its victorious shape and visual mark of success that it represented, it was chosen as one of his gilded napoleonic emblems of his French Empire. The very coronation of Napoleon in 1804 included the laurel wreath crown made of gold, which was worn by Roman Emperors, further relaying his importance in power, authority and legendary status. Napoleon’s desire to emulate the inspiration and glory of the unbeaten Roman conquerors eventually led to busts sculptures of himself wearing the wreath and, like Caesar had done before him, having his image on coins, graced with a wreath of laurel leaves on his head.
|Height||26.00 inch||(66.04 cm)|
|Width||12.25 inch||(31.11 cm)|
|Depth||11.00 inch||(27.94 cm)|
Gary Wright Antiques Ltd
5 Fosseway Business Park