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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 50

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU MINIATURE PORTRAIT PROFILE OF NAPOLEON

    AFTER CLAUDE GALLE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU MINIATURE PORTRAIT PROFILE OF NAPOLEON
    AFTER CLAUDE GALLE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Depicted facing to sinister, signed GALLE FECIT and headed by the inscription 'NAPOLEON EMPEREUR DES FRANçAIS ET ROI D'ITALIE', within a stiff-leaf and entrelac-decorated circular frame, with supsension hook
    3½ in. (9 in.) diameter


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    Claude Galle was one of the pre-eminent bronziers of the Empire period. He received countless commisions from the Garde-Meuble and is known to have supplied aristocrats such as Louis-Alexandre Berthier and the Prince de Wagram for the Château de Grosbois.

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