A Sèvres BISCUIT PORTRAIT BUST OF Emperor ALEXANDER I Sèvres Factory, after a model by Louis Simon Boizot, c. 1808, the rear of the truncation incised O.G; A.B.30; J.B. 9. 8 No 2., impressed 'SEVRES' and with a cypher below, the beau bleu socle with iron-red M. Imple de Sevres

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Lot 148*
A Sèvres BISCUIT PORTRAIT BUST OF Emperor ALEXANDER I
Sèvres Factory, after a model by Louis Simon Boizot, c. 1808, the rear of the truncation incised O.G; A.B.30; J.B. 9. 8 No 2., impressed 'SEVRES' and with a cypher below, the beau bleu socle with iron-red M. Imple de Sevres

Sold for £ 3,562 (US$ 4,658) inc. premium
A Sèvres BISCUIT PORTRAIT BUST OF Emperor ALEXANDER I
Sèvres Factory, after a model by Louis Simon Boizot, c. 1808, the rear of the truncation incised O.G; A.B.30; J.B. 9. 8 No 2., impressed 'SEVRES' and with a cypher below, the beau bleu socle with iron-red M. Imple de Sevres
the young Emperor Alexander I in uniform and wearing the sash and star of the Order of St. Andrew First Called and the cross and order of St. George, Fourth Class (awarded in 1808), truncated at the shoulders, raised on a beau bleu socle enriched in gilt
height overall: 35cm (13 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private American collection


    First created in 1807 by Louis Simon Boizot, the sculptor responsible for this particular model was probably Alexander Brachard, who was paid in march 1808 for producing a bust of Alexander. During the signing of Tilzit Treaty on July 7th 1807 lavish gifts were exchanged between French and Russian Emperors. The Sèvres factory records list Boizot as providing a design of a bust of Alexander I to be produced in porcelain after a miniature bust of the emperor in marble.

    For identical examples previously sold see: Sotheby's, 17 April 2012, lot 129, and Christie's, 20 October 2006, lot 728.
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A Sèvres BISCUIT PORTRAIT BUST OF Emperor ALEXANDER I Sèvres Factory, after a model by Louis Simon Boizot, c. 1808, the rear of the truncation incised O.G; A.B.30; J.B. 9. 8 No 2., impressed 'SEVRES' and with a cypher below, the beau bleu socle with iron-red M. Imple de Sevres
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