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Bronze Bust of Emperor Napoleon I
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Bronze Bust of Emperor Napoleon I

Circa 1890

Measurements: Height: 23.5cm (9.25in)



Head and shoulders bust after Canova. Signed to the reverse ‘F. BARBIDIENNE, FONDEUR’ and stamped with the Achille Collas authenticity foundry mark to the reverse

Barbardienne was one of the most prestigious nineteenth century Paris bronze foundries. In 1838 Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) profitably utilized a process invented by Collas of accurately downsizing monumental sculptures to more manageable sizes by mechanic reduction.  The first cast using ‘reduction mecanique’ was of the Venus de Milo. Other classical and celebrated subjects followed and as a testament to the assured quality of their output, artists, such as Rude, Barye, and Mene all had their work cast by the partnership from 1843.