A portrait miniature of Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte (20 March 1811 - 22 July 1832), Prince Imperial, King of Rome

Artist/Maker FANNY CHARRIN (died c.1854)
Dimensions 7.00cm high   
Description nearly full face with curly hair falling to the shoulders, in blue coat with wide white lace collar
set in an ormolu Empire mount, the reverse with red leather backing

Napoleon, known in the Austrian court as Franz from 1814 onward, Duke of Reichstadt from 1818, was the son of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, and his second wife, Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria. When Napoleon I tried to abdicate on 4 April 1814, he said that his son would rule as Emperor. However, the coalition victors refused to acknowledge his son as successor, and Napoleon I was forced to abdicate unconditionally some days later. Although Napoleon II never actually ruled France, he was briefly the titular Emperor of the French in 1815 after the second fall of his father. When his cousin Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte became the next emperor by founding the Second French Empire in 1852, he called himself Napoleon III to acknowledge Napoleon II and his brief reign.
Provenance Miss Locker Lampson of Keepers Cottage, Copthorne Sussex
Sotheby's, 13 December 1943, lot 59
M. Papier Collection, Number 104
Literature c.f Lemberger p. 22; a good portrait of the young King of Rome
Signed Signed in full on the obverse
Medium watercolour on ivory
Condition minor scratch to the glass under the sitter's right eye
Ref No. 5254
Price £3000.00
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