Napoleon Crossing the Alps Antique Bronze & Marble Plaque
This Belle Epoque period plaque of Napoleon, fourth quarter 19th century, depicts Napoleon crossing the Alps, after the oil paintings by Jacques-Louis David which were completed between 1801 and 1805. Executed in gilt-bronze affixed to green marble with an engine-turned frame topped by a gilt-bronze crown, inscribed "Bonaparte, Hannibal, Karolus Magnus, (Charlemagne)". Diamter is 11". Charlemagne was Charles I or Charles the Great. Hannibal, son of Hamilcar Barca (247 – 183/182 BC) was a Punic Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. His father, Hamilcar Barca, was the leading Carthaginian commander during the First Punic War.