Antique Early 19th century French Napoleonic Miniature Portrait Napoleon Bonaparte
An antique early 19th century circa 1804 A.D. French Napoleonic miniature portrait finely hand-painted with a fine brush in Watercolor and gouache on a natural wafer. This miniature is contemporary with Napoleonic period and depicts young Napoleon Bonaparte as the First Consul of The French Republic.
Painting shows the artist's superb skills with an extremely fine and realistically painted face with beautiful eyes, lips, hair, and uniform details. Napoleon is shown wearing his favorite Colonel Chasseurs Cheval de la Garde Imperial uniform, with gold epaulets, a white waistcoat, wearing a pink moiré sash of the Imperial Order of (Legion of Honour) across his chest and the star of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour.
The rectangular miniature is housed in a hand hammered bronze frame with suspension loop under convex glass, back, lined with velvet silk fabric.
In my over 50 years of experience involved in trading in antique I never had or saw for sale a portrait of Napoleon as the First Consul of The French Republic. Most portraits of Napoleon including miniature portraits depict napoleon as an emperor from 1805 to 1815, painted after his death on the wave of nostalgia for Napoleon and the First Empire.
Dimensions of the frame: 7.5 cm x 6.4 cm (2.95 inches x 2.52 inches).
CONDITION: This original painting is in very good condition, with no restorations or repairs. Bronze frame showing its age and use with a patina.