Initiated at the time of the Directory in the form of engravings or small objects, Napoleon's image was conveyed to numerous specimens in all layers of society during the Empire. This official propaganda ceased with the return of the Bourbons, and the half-sales had to resort to so-called seditious objects because often the effigy of Louis XVIII concealed Napoleon's effigy.
The Emperor's death in 1821 relaxed the vigilance of the police somewhat, but it was not until Louis-Philippe's advent in 1830 that many copies of all sorts of popular objects reproducing the figure of the hero and his main weapons were distributed.
Printed earthenware, fabrics, statuettes, snuffboxes and engravings were an extraordinary means of propaganda of Napoleonic legend. They developed the memory of the Emperor among the working classes who were the main supporters of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, later to become Napoleon III.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 28 cm.
Width: 17 cm.
Depth: 17 cm.
Museum: Rueil-Malmaison - Museum of the castles of Malmaison and Bois-Préau
Artistic current: XIXth century