Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 - 1855) – a portrait of Napoleon Franz Joseph Karl Bonaparte, miniature on ivory, dated 1816
Orders & Military Collectibles until 1918 | A90m | Live auction | 109 Lots
DescriptionGouache and water colour on ivory. Signed and dated "Isabey 1816" at the bottom right. Under domed glass, in the original, ostentatious frame of gilt bronze. The inscription "par Isabey 1816" engraved on the back. Dimensions of the portrait approx. 7.7 x 5.9 cm. Size of the frame approx. 15.2 x 12.7 cm. Exquisitely painted miniature, in good condition, no damage. An almost identical portrait by Jean-Baptiste Isabey in a similar frame was sold at auction by Beaussant Lefèvre Sarl in Paris on 29 September 2017 (hammer price: 35,000 euros).
Napoléon François Joseph Charles Prince de Parme (1811 - 1832) was the only legitimate male descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte. He was his son from his second marriage to Marie-Louise of Austria. As the Prince Imperial of France, he bore the title King of Rome from 1811. After the fall of Napoleon, he held the title of Prince of Parma.
Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 - 1855), a famous French miniature painter, was court painter to Napoleon, often accompanying him on campaigns. Under the patronage of Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte, he arranged their coronation ceremonies and prepared drawings for the publication designed as the official commemoration.
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