A bronze equestrian group of Napoleon during the "Campagne de France"
A bronze equestrian group of Napoleon during the "Campagne de France"

POSTUMUSLY CAST FROM THE MODEL BY ERNEST MEISSONIER

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A bronze equestrian group of Napoleon during the "Campagne de France"
Postumusly cast from the model by Ernest Meissonier
On a rectangular naturalistic base signed E. Meissonier and stamped with mark of the Siot-de-Cauville foundry, minor damages
39cm. high x 37cm. wide x 16.5cm. deep

Lot Essay

Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891) is one of the remarkable multi-talented artists of the French 19th Century. Famous for his depiction of the 19th Century battle field in an uncommon, un-heroic way he developed a highly effective procedure of using detailled wax models as figure studies to be integrated in his paintings.
One of the surviving wax models Le Voyageur dans Le Vent or Napoleon pendant La Campagne de Russie, now in the collection of the Muse d'Orsay in Paris, is another famous example of Meissonier's working method. It is the model for various drawings and paintings executed between 1878 and 1890.
The model for the bronze shown here was used for the painting now in the Muse d'Orsay, La campagne de France 1814, painted by Meissonier in 1864. After Meissonier's death in 1891 several bronze casts of the wax models were made by the Siot-de-Cauville foundry. Some casts survive in the museums of Bordeaux and Lille. (Anne Pingeot, Catalogue Sommaire illustr des Sculptures, Muse d'Orsay, Paris, 1986, p.195)
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