French porcelain plate depicting Napoleon's Coronation Balloon

£650

This wonderful porcelain plate, painted in a fluid and expressive manner, depicts the balloon launched to celebrate the coronation of Napoleon as Emperor.

 

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Description

This charming porcelain cabinet plate depicts the balloon launched on the occasion of Napoleon’s coronation as Emperor in 1804. The balloon features the names of famous battles from Napoleon’s earlier career, including Marengo and Austerlitz. The rim of the white ground plate features a laurel wreath and a faux paper scroll reading ‘Modèle d’Aérostat qui a été executé pour le sacre de Napoléon en 1804’, or ‘The balloon model created for the coronation of Napoleon in 1804’. The manner of execution is painterly and fluid, granting the plate an expressive quality.

The front is signed ‘J. Siguier 1840’ and the back is marked for the maker.

Details

Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
1840
Period
19th Century
Style
Napoleonic
Material
Porcelain
Colour
Cream, Gold, Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
2.5 cm / 0.8 inches
Diameter
23.5 cm / 9.1 inches

Reference:
10077c

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