pair of early c19th french empire cast lead bronzed roundels of napoleon and marielouise bonaparte in turned mahogany frames

Pair of early C19th French Empire cast lead bronzed roundels of Napoleon and Marie-Louise Bonaparte in turned mahogany frames .


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ML 1901


Pair of early C19th French Empire cast lead bronzed roundels of Napoleon and Marie-Louise Bonaparte in turned circular mahogany frames with convex glass .
Patinated as bronze , the cast-lead profile roundels of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France and his second wife , Marie-Louise . The single roundel depicts the Emperor wearing a laurel wreath , or 'Corona Civitas' ,recalling the Emperors of the ancient Roman Empire.
The second roundel shows both the Emperor and Empress in a double profile image .
Each study is signed beneath the bust shoulder "Andrieu F", Andrieu Fecit . The sculptor being Bertrand Andrieu , the medals probably struck to commemorate the second marriage of Napoleon to the Hapsburg Marie-Louise of Austria in 1810.
Bertrand Andrieu (1763-1822) was a pupil of the medalist Gatteaux , his neo-classical style suiting Napoleon's new Imperial aspirations.

Well-cast details, with some rubbing and loss to the bronzed patination, and minor dents to the edges . Mounted in contemporaneous turned mahogany frames with a cavetto profile and convex glass fronts .
H 9 ( framed)
H 5.5 ( medals)
W 5.5"
D 0. 5"
France c. 1810
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Internal Ref: ML 1901


Height = 22 cm (9")
Width = 22 cm (9")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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