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    Sale 12187

    Opulence

    10 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 35

    AFTER PIERRE CARTELLIER (FRENCH, 1757-1831)

    Napoleon

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AFTER PIERRE CARTELLIER (FRENCH, 1757-1831)
    Napoleon
    apparently unsigned
    marble
    38 ¼ in. (97.2 cm.) high
    Circa 1850.


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    The present figure closely relates to two iconic portraits in marble by Pierre Cartellier (1757-1831) and later by Claude Ramey (1754-1838), illustrated in G. Hubert and G. Ledoux-Lebard, Napoleon: Portraits contemporains, Paris, 1999, p.161, pl. 119 and p.169, pl. 126. Like Cartellier’s Napoleon, the emperor is represented as a symbol of Justice with his right hand grasping a rolled scroll or septre and laurel. The coronation attributes, such as the legion d’honneur cross centering the fur collar, the free-flowing drapery and bee-adorned tunic revealing a fringed border present undeniable similarities, particularly with Cartellier's rendition.

    Provenance

    Gift of Mrs. Zachariah Belcher, 1947.
    Collection of Dr. Charles Huffnagle, First U.S. Consul General in Calcutta (1855-7).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE NEWARK MUSEUM, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND