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“Veille de Wagram” by Salesio

Circa 1920s

“ Napoleon in Exile”

Price: $1760 / pair

Napoleon in Exile - “Veille de Wagram”by Salesio. French Bronze bookends.  Circa 1920s.  Three different “Napoleon in Exile” works by two different sculptors are shown in Bergman’s Bronzes, Vol. 2 reference book.  Although not signed, this is one of the two by Salesio, shown on page 307. The pieces in Bergman’s book are lamps with the same seated figure in front of a fireplace. These bookends were made by the same foundry without the hearth background. Foundry seal says:  Fabrication Francaise, Made in France, Paris.  The bookends on marble base are massive, weighing 14 lbs. the pair and measure 9-1/2” high x 8-3/4” wide x 4-3/4” deep.   They are extremely rare, in outstanding condition.

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At The Battle of Wagram in July 1809, Napoleon’s forces defeated the Austrian army near Vienna.  Wagram was the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars with casualties soaring over 80,000. 

Following Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Leipzig in October 1813, he was forced to renounce his throne.  In April 1814, he was exiled to the island of Elba following his abdication at Fontainebleau.  On February 26, 1815, he escaped from Elba and triumphantly returned to France where he was hailed as Emperor.  France loved Napoleon, but he was hated by the rest of Europe. A few weeks after the news of Napoleon’s escape from Elba, the European Powers meeting at the Congress of Vienna on March 13, 1815, declared him an outlaw.  Meanwhile after 11 months Napoleon was able to assemble an army intent on restoring him to the throne of France.  Napoleon’s defeat came in June 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo.  This time the European powers took no chances of his possible return and exiled him to the island of St. Helena, a barren, wind-swept rock located in the South Atlantic Ocean, where he died in 1821 of arsenic poisoning.

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