Bronze bust of Emperor Napoleon 1st by J Bastiane. Nineteenth century
Beautiful bust of NAPOLEON 1st in bronze, The Emperor wearing a cocked hat, an imperial eagle added to the yellow marble base, 19th century
Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte after the Bérézina (1812).
For memory :
The Battle of Berezina, also called the Berezina Passage or the Battle of Borissov, took place from November 26 to 29, 1812 near the Berezina River, near the town of Borissov in present-day Belarus, between the French army of Napoleon I and the Russian armies of Mikhail Kutuzov, Wittgenstein and Tchitchagov, during the retreat from Russia which marks the end of the 1812 campaign.
Small note on the Siena marble also called « Giallo ». Siena Yellow marble is a crystalline limestone, homogeneous, with a very fine grain. It can range from the most beautiful solid yellow to light yellow clouded with white. The quarries are located at Colle Val d’Elsa, near Siena in Italy. The ancient use of this marble has been proven by the recent discovery of this marble in the ruins of the archaeological site of Carthage. This marble was particularly prized by Louis XIV. It was then used in furniture, decoration, clocks and stone marquetry. Today, the Sienne Yellow quarries are still in operation.
In his Dictionnaire du commerce et de l’industrie, Blanqui speaks thus of yellow marble from Siena: “The difficulties of obtaining large enough and beautiful blocks for fireplaces means that it is rarely used for this purpose; however, it is sometimes found, but the cost of labor, together with that of the raw material, which is already very high, makes a fireplace in Sienna yellow very expensive and makes it a luxury item”.
H 28 cm Width 11 cm