Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon
Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon

Large 19th century ccarved limewood bust of Napoleon

c. 1830 France

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£3,800 gbp
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Large 19th century carved limewood bust of Napoleon; Napoleon portrayed in the classical form with the laurel wreath crown and his chain depicting the Imperial bee and anthemion decoration. In it's original white gesso finish to simulate statutory marble.
Good commensurate of age and use
The gesso finish worn through in appropriate place
The bee was one of the most important symbols of the power and prestige of Napoleon’s empire.

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.
Dimensions
Height 26.00 inch (66.04 cm)
Width 12.25 inch (31.11 cm)
Depth 11.00 inch (27.94 cm)
Stock Code
R0123
Medium
limewood and gesso
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