Black Marble Base
From our Sculpture collection, we are delighted to offer this finely cast Napoleon bronze bust. The bust cast from bronze shows a finely detailed Emperor Napoleon 1st in his uniform of Colonel Grenadier of the Imperial Guard. The lower plinth of the bust is signed by the foundry H.Luppens & Cie and is stood upon a good quality shaped black marble elevating the bronze. The base of the marble bears the original manufactures and retailers label H. Luppens & Cie Brussels. The bust is modelled after the original by Pierre-Philippe Thomire and dates to the second half of the 19th century circa 1870.
Bronze an alloy consisting primarily of copper with approximately 12–12.5% tin and often with the addition of other metals (including aluminium, manganese, nickel, or zinc) and sometimes non-metals, such as phosphorus, or metalloids such as arsenic or silicon depending on the age of the bronze and its origin. The additions of other metals produce a range of alloys that are usually harder than copper alone and carry useful properties such as strength. The earliest known use of bronze dates to the 5th millennium BCE from Iranian plateau, the bronze mix consists of arsenical copper and copper-arsenide. The earliest tin-copper-alloy recovered is dated to circa 4650 BCE and was found in Plocnik, Serbia. It is believed to have been smelted from a natural tin-copper ore.
H. Luppens & Cie were a famous foundry from Brussels, Belguim operating in the 19th century. The H.Luppens & Cie Foundry had its workshops in Saint-Gilles, 15 rue de Danemark. There were known for their Foundry and specialised in Lustres, Bronzes, Pendules and Meubles. furniture, clocks, ceiling lights and bronze. They had premises in Rue Neuve 144 to 148 and Boulevard du Nord 151 to 155 Brussels. They have made many extremely high quality objects which can be found across the globe from large clock sets to chandeliers.
Measurements 27.5cm High x 13cm Wide x 13cm Deep
Condition Good antique condition, minor verdigris to one corner
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