Eagle Finial - , 1813-1814

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Object details

Accession number

T17s1.a

Authors

  • Antoine-denis Chaudet (Paris, 1763 - 1810, Paris) - sculptor
  • Pierre-philippe Thomire (Paris, 1751 - 1843, Paris) - bronze caster

Description

Stolen in 1990.

Provenance

Anatoli Nikolaievich Demidov (1813–1870), Prince of San Donato, Russian diplomat and industrialist, Florence.
Sale of the San Donato Collection, Chales Pillet, Paris, 12-22 April 1880, lot 2190.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the art dealer Sypher and Company, New York on 9 November 1880 for $300 with the standard of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon. (museum nos. T17s1.b-d)
Stolen in 1990.

Marks

Number of regiment (base): 1

Bibliography

Charles Pillet. Palais de San Donato, deuxième partie, Catalogue des objets d'ameublement du rez-de-chaussée,... (Paris, 12-22 April 1880), p. 27, lot 2190. (as an exact copy of the flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
Art Exhibition: Mrs. John L. Gardner, 152 Beacon St., Boston. Exh. cat. (Boston, 1899), p. 1, no. 5. (as the flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
O. Hollander. Nos drapeaux et étendards de 1812 à 1815 (Paris, 1902), pp. 22, 81-83, 103, 104, 201, 202.
Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 1. (as a flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 133. (as a flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 9, no. 42 (19 Jun. 1966), p. 2. (as a copy of the flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
Général J. Regnault. Les aigles impériales et le drapeau tricolore 1804-15 (Paris, 1967), pp. 207, 208, figs. 36, 37.
Adolph S. Cavallo. Textiles: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1986), pp. 160-61, no. 117. (as the original or a copy of the flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
Musée de l'Armée Invalides, Paris, accessed 2015. www.musee-armee.fr/ (Eagle finial as Antoine Denis Chaudet, cast by Pierre-Philippe Thomire)


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