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Bust of Napoleon

Decorative Arts

This bust shows a young Napoleon in his favored attire from the Consulate period: a double-breasted coat with oak leaf embroidery.

The work was originally modeled by the eighteenth-century French sculptor Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809), the artistic director of the sculpture studio at the Sèvres Manufactory, which fabricated versions of this bust beginning in 1802.
MAKER Sevres
MEDIUM Unglazed porcelain
DATES 1876
DIMENSIONS 9 x 4 7/8 x 4 1/8 in. (22.9 x 12.4 x 10.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Reverse of bust, incised: [Company Logo] 'R.E.'; inside pedestal base small white paper label with numbers in blue ink: '1910' (?) Christies tag with numerals: '1214'
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.152.193
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Harold S. Keller
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Sevres. Bust of Napoleon, 1876. Unglazed porcelain, 9 x 4 7/8 x 4 1/8 in. (22.9 x 12.4 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Harold S. Keller, 1999.152.193. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1999.152.193_view1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.1999.152.193_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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Sevres. <em>Bust of Napoleon</em>, 1876. Unglazed porcelain, 9 x 4 7/8 x 4 1/8 in. (22.9 x 12.4 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Harold S. Keller, 1999.152.193. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1999.152.193_view1.jpg)