6 Antiques Napoleonic Medals Napoleon, 19th century
1) Obverse by Andrieu: depicting the busts of Napoleon in a neo classic manner portraying Napoleon as the Roman Emperor signed under Napoleon's shoulder ANDRIEU. Reverse: On a bridge, the Emperor on horseback faces his saluting troops. Above, a victory with a laurel wreath and a palm frond; below to the left, the personified river pours water from an urn labeled LECH. Exergue: ADDRESS TO THE ARMY, THE ARMY VOWS TO WIN. 12 OCTOBER 1805. DENON DIREC. The engraver did not sign the reverse (I guess it was engraved by Jaley). The design appears to have been inspired by ancient Roman coins. Diameter: 40mm. Material Bronzed metal.
2) Bust of Bonaparte to the left us the First Consul, wearing a uniform with a folded collar. Diameter: 37mm. Material: Pewter.
3) SOVEREIGNTIES BESTOWED. Obverse: depicting the busts of Napoleon in a neo classic manner portraying Napoleon as the Roman Emperor signed under Napoleon's shoulder DROZ. FECIT Reverse: A table in front of the imperial throne, covered with crowns and sceptres. On the floor lie a cap and two crowns; above flies an eagle carrying a fasces. Exergue: SOVEREIGNTIES BESTOWED, 1806. Signed ANDRIEU F DENON.F. The cap on the floor represents the doge of Venice; the crowns there are from the kings of Naples and Sardinia. The crowns on the table represent Napoleon's creation of the kings of Bavaria and Württemberg, his step-son Eugene as viceroy of Italy, his brother Joseph as king of Naples, his brother Louis as king of Holland, his sister Pauline as duchess of Guastalla, his brother-in-law Murat as duke of Cleves and of Berg, Marshal Berthier as prince of Neufchatel, Talleyrand as prince of Beneventum, and Marshal Bernadotte as prince of Ponte Corvo. It was rather clever of Denon to come up with the idea for this medal, the expression of so many events so simply. Diameter: 40 mm. Material: Bronzed metal.
4) THE CONFEDERATION OF THE RHINE. Obverse: depicting the busts of Napoleon in a neo classic manner portraying Napoleon as the Roman Emperor signed below Napoleon's shoulder ANDRIEU F. DENON DIR Reverse: A semicircle of warriors, their hands on a fasces. Exergue: CONFEDERATION DU RHIN. MDCCCVI. BRENET F. DENON D. The formation of the Confederation of the Rhine made King Friedrich realize that Prussia was in danger. The hawks in his court finally prevailed, and he issued an ultimatum to Napoleon: Get those French troops out of the Rhineland. Napoleon gleefully announced to the French people, "In accordance with the instructions of the Prussian king our troops have left the Rhineland. They are marching on Berlin." Diameter: 40 mm. Material: Bronzed metal.
5)A bronze oval medal depicting Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte wearing his famous favorite uniform of Colonel of Chasseurs Cheval de la Garde Imperial with the order of legion on his chest. Height: 70 mm. Material: Bronze.
6). THE ARMY COLUMN Obverse: depicting the busts of Napoleon in a neo classic manner portraying Napoleon as the Roman Emperor signed under Napoleon's shoulder ANDRIEU F Reverse: COLUMN OF THE GRAND ARMY. A commemorative column covered with bas-reliefs, surmounted by a statue and with buildings on either side. Exergue: CAMPAIGN OF 1805. BRENET F. DENON D. Lepere did the sketch for the reverse of this medal. The erection of a bronze column in Paris was planned in 1803 ("Le Moniteur", 4 October 1803). The column was to be set up in the Place Vendome, 20.78 meters high and decorated with a spiral of one hundred eight figures representing the departments of the republic, topped by a statue of Charlemagne. At the triumphant conclusion of the Austrian Campaign the Tribunate decided ("Le Moniteur", 14 January 1806) instead to erect a column dedicated to Napoleon and bearing a statue of him. Napoleon supplied bronze cannon captured from the Russians. The column is about forty meters high, including the base. Built of masonry, it is clad with bronze plaques designed by Bergeret, illustrating the First Austrian Campaign from the departure of the troops from Boulogne to their triumphant return to Paris. The statue of Emperor Napoleon, by Chaudet, was replaced by a gigantic fleur-de-lys in 1814 and went to England. Successive statues of Charlemagne, Bonaparte, and Napoleon have stood on the column, which was overturned during the communist riots in the 1870s. It was rebuilt and stands today as a proud rival to the thirty meter marble column of Trajan, erected in Rome in the second century A.D. to celebrate that emperor's Dacian war Diameter: 40 mm. Material: Bronzed metal.
MEASUREMENTS: Dimensions including the frame 39.5 cm x 34.5 cm (15 ½ in x 13 ½ in).
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