The original of this statuette surmounts a reduction of the Vendôme column, due to the talent of the engraver Nicolas-Guy-Antoine Brenet; this reduction at the 1/24th was exhibited at the 1834 salon after several years of work, notably on the bas-reliefs of the barrel, all the details of which had to be returned with the greatest care.
For greater fidelity, Brenet had had to copy the statue that had once again adorned the Column since 1833; in fact, the original statue, a work of Chaudet, representing Napoleon as Roman Emperor, had been deposited during the Restoration.
For about fifteen years, the private Column of the Imperial effigy had been the centre of bonapartist demonstrations.
Finally, as early as 1831, Louis-Philippe had decided to restore a statue at the top of this monument and it was the sculptor Charles-Emile Seurre who created this effigy of the "Petit Caporal", instead of the Roman"Imperator" of Chaudet.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 18 cm.
Width: 5 cm.
Depth: 5 cm.
Artist: Charles Emile Seurre (1798-1858)
Museum: Rueil-Malmaison - Museum of the castles of Malmaison and Bois-Préau.