An very unusual and large beadwork picture of Emperor Naploeon Boneparte 1st on horseback.
The beadwork, in tones of brown and green, highlighted with red, in is good condition, the silk backing is stained and fragile, as would be expected.
The face and hands are printed cut outs, suggesting that this pattern - Napoleon Le Grand - was a commercially
available design, for gifted amateurs to work. The image as porbably taken from one of the many celebratory paintings of Napoleon by Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863).
Framed in its' original narrow frame with gold painted greeek key design.
Under glass hence reflections in the photographs.
Overall: 16.5 " x 20.75" (42cm x 53cm)
The Grande Armée
The Grande Armée (Great Army) was the army commanded by Napoleon I during the Napoleonic Wars. From 1805 to 1809, the Grande Armée scored a series of historic victories that gave the French Empire an unprecedented grip on power over the European continent. Widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest fighting forces ever assembled, it suffered terrible losses during the French invasion of Russia in 1812 and never recovered its tactical superiority after that campaign.