This is a very large mid-19th Century Staffordshire Figurine of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte III (1808 - 1873). It is a Royal Portrait of the French Emperor. France was Britain's ally in the Crimean War.
It is one of two similar large subjects in my store featuring the French Emperor.
As one of Britain's allies - he was a rather popular figure with modellers at the Staffordshire factories.
There are raised letters on the base annotating the title of the flatback figure - these would have originally been highlighted with more gold gilt - but this has in the main rubbed off over the years.
The Emperor is shown in a typical heroic pose seated in a battlefield with canons and black cannonballs behind him. The subject relates to the Crimean War - and dates this figurine to around 1854. Louis Napoleon is shown wearing a plumed bicorn hat - he is wearing a military tunic with epaulettes breeches and long black boots. He has a sash picked out in gold across this chest and wears a decoration. The colour applied to this Staffordshire figurine is more sparse - with stronger colours being applied to the canons etc in the background.
It is in good antique condition - with no chips or cracks. There are no restorations.
It is sold as a GENUINE antique Staffordshire flatback figurine - and it is NOT a later reproduction.
It is a large figurine measuring some 16 inches in height. It is 9 1/2 inches wide and it is 1.9kg in weight.
Probably a model for the specialist Staffordshire pottery collector. Given its size and good condition and age - it is listed at a very fair price.
Sadly, I will not be able to post this one outside of the UK. It will cost £10 with Parcelforce48 to send to you. This will be applied at the checkout.