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Napoleon Bonaparte Desk Seal, 1850
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Napoleon Bonaparte Desk Seal, 1850

Measurements: Height: 7.7cm (3in)

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Gilt bronze. Finely cast seal in the form of a bust of the young Bonaparte as commander of the Army of Italy, the socle with integral intaglio seal incised with conjoined letters ‘MD’. Impressed to the reverse with the foundry name ‘E. Julien /12 Rue Pasquiers / Paris’. Contained in its original velvet lined morocco case, bearing the letters M.D.
 
A first hand description of Napoleon recorded in Switzerland after the Treaty of Camp Formio in 1797 tallies with the features of the present miniature portrait bust: ‘Bonaparte was rather slight and emaciated-looking; his face, too, was very thin, with a dark complexion. His profile was very prominent. His looks and expression were earnest and powerful; his black, unpowdered hair hung down evenly over both shoulders in wide, lengthy tresses-oreilles de chien [dog's ears], … and was gathered into a rather flattened pigtail reaching to the middle of his narrow back. He wore a blue overcoat, with, if I remember rightly, an embroidered collar.’
 
 
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