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c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole
  • c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole
  • c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole
  • c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole
  • c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole
  • c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole
  • c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole
  • c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole

c1860 Carved Ivory Statue of Napoleon I at the Battle of Arcole

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£3,200.00


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A beautiful finely carved statue of Napoleon Bonaparte, when he was a General at the Battle of the Arcole Bridge, in Italy.

The statue is carved in elephant ivory and is mainly made in one piece, with only the ivory flag, the sabre and the scabbard, being added to it. It is most likely earlier than the late 19th century Dieppe Ivory carvings. The statue stands on a green and black marble base.

The statue is inspired by the 1796 painting by Antoine-Jean Gros, ‘Bonaparte au Pont d’Arcole’, with General Napoleon Bonaparte leading his troops to storm the bridge. The painting presents a three-quarter-length image of Bonaparte, holding the flagstaff of the armée d'Italie in his left hand and his sword in his right - on its blade is the inscription Bonaparte, Armée d'Italie. He is dressed in the dark blue trousers and tunic of a general of the Republic, with a gold-embroidered red collar. Beneath them he wears a white shirt and a black neck scarf. He also wears a gold-fringed tricolour cummerbund and a square-buckled belt bearing his empty scabbard.

Painted in Naples in 1796, the painting passed through the collections of Napoleon himself and of Napoleon III before being sequestered in 1870. It was then reacquired by Napoleon III's wife Eugénie de Montijo in 1871, who eight years later gave it to the Louvre (now inventory number RF271). It passed to the château de Compiègne in 1901, then finally the château de Versailles, in 1938.

Size: 28.5 cm (11 ¼ inches)
Weight: 1007 g

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