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Joseph Chinard (1756-1813), French, circa 1801
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BUST OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE 
Estimate
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130
Joseph Chinard (1756-1813), French, circa 1801
,
BUST OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE 
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Joseph Chinard (1756-1813), French, circa 1801
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BUST OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE 
bronzed plaster; on a walnut plinth
signed and dated: Chinard de l'institut nationale de L'athénée de Lyon le 24 frimaire an IO [15 December 1801]
76 cm the bust, 30 in.; 110 cm the plinth, 43 1/3 in.
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Provenance

Private collection, France.

Literature

G. Hubert, G. Ledoux-Lebard, Napoléon. Portraits contemporains, bustes et statues, Paris, 1999, pp. 48-54 (fig. 32).

Catalogue Note

Young hero of the Egyptian campaigns and self-proclaimed First Consul following a coup d'état, Napoleon Bonaparte was only 32 when Chinard modeled his portrait in 1801. Depicted as a military chief, his Herm bust - after the Antique models of Roman Emperors - bears the names of Napoleon's early victories illustrating his already dazzling career.

There are approximately eight known examples of this model - all of which lifetime plaster cast - including those in: Château de la Malmaison, the Fine-Arts Museum, Lyon,  the Museum of Art and History, Geneva, and three now lost: one previously in the Town Hall of Lyon, one commissioned in 1801 by General Duhesme, commander of the Lyon garrison, and one offered by Chinard to the Academy of Lyon, his hometown. Another example, formerly with the Parisian dealers Fabius Frères, was sold by Christie's New York, 13 April, 2016, lot 27.

The present bust is certainly one of the rare examples of this model still in private hands.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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