The Wallace Collection

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The Empress Marie-Louise
  • François-Aimé Damerat (active between: 1781 - 1819) , Chased by
  • Lacour (active between: c. 1812), Cast by
  • The Empress Marie-Louise
  • Paris, France
  • 1812 (lacour)
  • Statuette
  • Bronze
  • Statuette, Height: 20.3 cm
    Base, Width: 10.8 cm
    Base, Length: 11.9 cm
  • S229
  • West Gallery III
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  • The Empress Marie-Louise (1791-1847) was the second wife of the Emperor Napoleon whom she married in 1810 (see also p.00). She is shown in this statuette with attributes of the Art of Painting. A companion statuette of Napoleon, also in the Wallace Collection, shows Napoleon with attributes of the Arts and Sciences. They are one of five pairs cast in 1812 for Napoleon’s palaces. The poses of both figures derive from Roman antique bronzes in the collection of Dominique-Vivant Denon, Napoleon’s Minister of Fine Arts, on whose initiative they were probably made. The casting is by an obscure goldsmith named Lacour and the chasing, of high quality, by François-Aimé Damerat (working 1781-1819).