Lot 265: PORTRAIT OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE AS EMPEROR O/C
27 October 2016
Palm Beach, FL, USALive Auction
Description: ROBERT JACQUE FRANCOIS FAUST LEFVERE, STUDIO OF Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor, circa 1810-1820 unsignedoil on canvasHeight 6 in., Width 5 in. cf. Numerous renditions exist of R.J.F.F. Lefvere's, 1811 Portrait of Napoleon (1er) as Emperor. Related examples most often carry a designation of Attributed to, Studio of, or they are identified loosely based on subject matter as Follower of and /or After. Determination of authorship can at times be less than objective, based on bias with relationships put forth selectively on random criteria. Attributions are also made through an in-depth evaluation rooted in artistic merit, such as the ease at which the artist renders said work through scientific evaluation, provenance and/or extant document. The offered Portrait, although with merit and showing signs of age, without an expert opinion, scientific evaluation, lack of signature, documents and provenance, has presently been assigned a designation of Studio/Follower of Lefvere. Overall: Height 12 in. 10 1/2 in.