Napoleon Plaque


Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW3214 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This Napoleon Plaque is an appealing example, with a nice, old look. It’s made of painted steel. The front of the plaque depicts a three-quarter profile bust of a young Napoleon, in his military uniform with decorations. A small French Imperial Eagle appears at upper right. The bust is well-executed, with nice detail. The front of this steel plaque was painted with a reddish tan paint. An applied patina in the recesses adds great visual contrast. The paint shows some scattered marks and edge wear, and there is a larger loss at lower left, with deep old patina to the exposed bare steel. There is no artist signature. The reverse of this plaque is unpainted, and has an uncleaned old patina and some surface rust. This Napoleon Plaque makes for a handsome display object, and remains in excellent condition.



Historical Description: European artisans of the 19th and 20th centuries created countless artworks with military and political themes. Some of these were connected to specific military, political, civil and paramilitary organizations, while others were commercially available pieces that anyone could buy. These art pieces took countless forms, from busts or statues of military leaders, to sculpted wall plaques, fine art paintings, fine porcelain, and every other kind of art in use at the time. Some were unique, custom works of art; some of these were made as presentation pieces. Others were mass produced as decorative or souvenir items; catalogs filled with all kinds of such mass-market items were produced by a number of factories. After the end of WWII, artwork featuring military or nationalistic imagery fell out of favor in some European societies. Many pieces were destroyed.



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