This is a wonderful antique French Grand Tour ormolu model of the Vendome Column, circa 1880 in date.
This splendid bronze features Napoleon I standing atop in his ‘redingote’ coat and trademark hat, after the original by Charles-Emile Seurre. Construction on the original Vendome column was started in 1806 at Napoleon’s direction to celebrate the victory of Austerlitz, and completed in 1810.
The spiralling column is covered in delightful bas-relief bronze plates – which resemble the original bronze plates constructed out of cannons taken from the combined armies of Europe.
It is raised on an elegant black marble platform base.
This stunning high-quality bronze is superbly cast and has an elegant golden patina. It is made from the lost-wax process, otherwise known as ‘cire perdue’ method.
The attention to detail and quality throughout this piece is second to none.
In excellent condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 19 x Width 10 x Depth 10
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 inches x Width 4 inches x Depth 4 inches
Our reference: A1962