19 October 2005
Louis-Bertin Parant (1768-1851)
Portrait of Emperor Napoleon I in profile to the left, bust-length, crowned with laurels with contemporary ormolu frame with a band of anthemion palmettes divided by scrolling foliage set in a rectangular wood mount.
Signed LB Parant
6 x 4 7/8in. (5 x 12.3cm.)
Louis-Bertin Parant specialised in painted simulated cameos of this type on a dark brown ground. Some of his most celebrated work is seen on Sèvres porcelain, he was active between 1806-1828 and 1835-1841. His most famous commission was for the cameos on the Table des Grands Capitaines, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 which had taken six years to produce rather than the anticipated eight to ten months (Parent finished on 17 March 1812). Parent was not part of the regular work force at Sèvres, preferring to work alone in his Paris studio.
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