Artist after a model by Antoine-Denis Chaudet, French, 1763-1810
Manufacturer Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, French, active 1756 - present
  • Napoléon I
Date 1810
Medium Hard-paste biscuit porcelain
Dimensions Overall: 20 1/2 × 10 × 9 1/16 inches (52.1 × 25.4 × 23 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Mr. and Mrs. Stanford C. Stoddard, Mrs. Jennifer C. Stoddard; gifts from Lauretta R. Boell, Miss Alma l'Hommedieu, Mrs. Orren Scotten, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, City of Detroit by exchange
Accession Number 1997.8
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Era of Revolution S331.1, Level 3 (see map)
Marks Marks, impressed on front of base, above NAPOLEON: SÈVRES
Inscriptions Incised, in block letters on front of base: NAPOLÉON
Incised, on top of back of base: A.L. [for the repairer Augustin Liancé]
Incised, in script on lower half of back of base: A.B. 6.dec.10 [Alexandre Brachart (sculptor/repairer at Sèvres), Dec. 6, 1810]
Napoléon Bonaparte.
1814, gift to Joseph Philippe Arrighi de Casanova, Vicaire Général à l'Ile d'Elbe;
by 1826, Frederick William Hervey, 5th Earl of Bristol (Bristol, England);
1st Marquess of Bristol (Bristol, England);
1986, gift to General Sir Henry Constantine, K.C.B.;
by descent to Vincent Constantine, Cross Hall Manor, St. Neots (Huntingdonshire, England);
(Dragesco-Cramoisan, Paris, France);
1997-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Eriksen, S. La Porcellane Francesi a Palazzo Pitti. Florence, 1973, pp. 100-101, no. 57.

Loesch, A. Napoleonische Schenkung 1809. Exh. cat., Porzellansammlung im Zwinger. Dresden, 1992-1993, no. 1.

Chevalier, Bernard. Napoleon. Exh. cat. Memphis, 1993, p. 99, no. 100.

Préaud, T. The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory: Alexandre Brongniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry, 1800-1847. Exh. cat. New York, 1997, no. 137, pp. 345-346 (ill.).

Darr, A. and T. Albainy, "Acquisitions of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1988 - 1999." The Burlington Magazine 142 (June 2000): p. 410, no. XV (ill.).