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Emperor Napoleon I - A Bronze Bust
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Emperor Napoleon I - A Bronze Bust

Circa 1890

Measurements: Height: 32cm (12.5in)

£5400

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Ex Charles Pasqua Collection

A bronze bust portraying a brooding Emperor in trademark bicorn hat and greatcoat, cast by the Pinedo foundry, Paris and applied with a miniature Legion d’Honneur in gold and enamels to the breast, the whole set on a verde antico stepped base applied with ormolu mounts. The reverse of the bust cast with the bronze guarantee foundry mark and Pinedo signature.

The Pinedo bronze foundry was established before 1850 at 25 Rue de Bretagne. In 1855, L. Pinedo relocated the foundry to 110 Rue St. Louis-au-Marias.  In 1865 the sculptor Emile Pinedo (1840-1916) took over the the running of the firm, which, operating thenceforth under the trade name Emile Pinedo & Fils, produced art bronzes and furnishings from studios at 18 Boulevard du Prince Eugene and 49 Rue de Bondy.

Charles Pasqua (1927-2015) was a businessman and Gaullist politician. He was grandson of a Corsican shepherd and spoke fluent Corsican himself. He was the French Interior Minister from 1986 to 1988, under Jacques Chirac’s cohabitation government, and also from 1993 to 1995, under the government of Edouard Ballardur.

 

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