2 December 2004
A CARVED MARBLE PORTRAIT BUST OF NAPOLEON,
AFTER CHAUDET, FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY,
the base inscribed 'NAPOLEON'
20in. (51cm.) high
The Robert Florey Collection, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Monaco, 6 October 1980, lot 852.
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