Victoire de Napoleon Gilt and Patinated Bronze Sculpture
This large, antique (nineteenth century) gilt and patinated bronze sculpture depicts the emperor Napoleon as Roman emperor holding a laurel wreath symbolizing victory, driving a chariot drawn by horses led by Pegasis horses with trumpeting muse. This was a popular Napoleonic theme in the fine and decorative arts throughout the nineteenth century, drawing upon classical depictions of Apollo at the helm of his chariot of Pegasus horses and muses trumpeting the arrival of the sun. Napoleonic versions often included the Roman goddess of war, Minverva, and other classical figures and symbols. Measures: 22.5 by 20 by 9 in; 57.1 by 50.8 by 22.9 cm. and weighs an estimated 30-45 lbs. (13.6-20.4 kg). We have found no signature nor foundry mark.
For another example of this model, see the December 4, 2017 sale at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen, where a large portico mantel clock featuring this casting was offered with an estimate of 40,000-50,000 DK and sold for 31,992 DK ($5,025).