For sale is an Antique EMPORER NAPOLEON PORTRAIT PAINTING ON PORCELAIN in an ornate metal oval frame. This miniature hand painted portrait of Napoleon is in great condition with vivid color. Napoleon is shown wearing his favorite Colonel Chasseurs Cheval de la Garde Imperial uniform, with gold epaulets, a white waistcoat. He wears the star of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour and the Croix d’officier of the same Order. This painted image is a copy of the famous portrait by Paul Delaroche entitled “Napoleon in His Study” which was painted in 1838. The minature portrait probably dates to the late 1800s or early 1900s. The ornate metal frame dimensions are 3 1/8 inches in height and 2 1/28 inches width. A superb collectible vintage painting.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1768-1821) is regarded as one of history’s greatest military leaders. Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most successful generals of the French revolutionary armies. He was emperor of France from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, there was an increase in the popularity of portrait painting on plates, cups and saucers, vases, urns, chocolate pots, ewers, pitchers and plaques during. Although these portraits were commercially produced nonetheless many of the porcelain portraits are of very high quality and appreciated for artistic achievement and beauty. Most of the porcelain painters copied their portraits from earlier well known oil on canvas works by such famous artists. Favorite subjects included famous men (Napoleon, Washington, Lincoln, Kings of France and England) and women (Josephine, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great of Russia and royalty of other nations). Beautiful women were a also favorite subject of porcelain painters and their customers. Many of these porcelain painting were copied from three oil on canvas painters Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, Joseph Karl Stieler and Angelo Asti.