Napoleon Bonaparte Bisque Porcelain Bust after Jacques-Louis David Portrait
A bisque porcelain bust sculpture of French military commander Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) modeled after the iconic portrait by Jacques-Louis David entitled "The Emperor Napoleon in his Study at the Tuileries" (1812). (See detail of the original portrait attached for reference.) The sculpture is of probable 20th century European manufacture; its only identifying mark is the serial number "7468" found on the underside of the pedestal. Expected light wear including a few scuffs, else near fine with no visible flakes or chips. Measures 10.875" high overall, the pedestal measuring 3.5" square.
The unglazed monochrome sculpture of Napoleon is mounted on a green and gilt-glazed pedestal. The bust depicts Napoleon in his Imperial Guard Foot Grenadier officer's uniform, with the Legion of Honor and Order of the Iron Crown medals pinned to his chest, and his right hand tucked into his partly unbuttoned vest.
British, German, and French china companies have produced similar table-top-sized representations of Napoleon since the nineteenth century, ensured mass market appeal by Napoleon's enduring popularity. Napoleon sculptures sometimes depict him with his trademark bicorne hat, or paired with Empress Josephine.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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