Fine and rare large Sèvres biscuit bust of Napoleon by
Denis-Antoine Chaudet. The model was executed
in 1804 and the first Sèvres piece was made in 1805. Brogniart, the head of the
manufactory, wrote in a report that because of its size the piece was very difficult
to make. Few versions exist in this size, only five were successfully fired in
the first three years.
Impressed mark: Sèvres
factory mark on front face
The present example is
inscribed on the rear:
“.a L.”: For
August Liancé, répareur
17 at. 10”: Either for Alexandre Brogniart, head of the manufactory, or for
the sculptor Alexandre Brachard and the date 17 August 1810.
Other examples are in the
Boston Museum, The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Pitti Palace. The Pitti Palace
version is identically inscribed, but is dated “18. 6. 7”. The Detroit version
is dated “6 dec. 1810”.