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The Prince Imperial

Artist:
Paul-Victor Lebas (French, active 1852–76)
Date:
ca. 1865
Culture:
French
Medium:
Carnelian onyx
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 9/16 x 1 3/16 in. (3.9 x 3 cm); 38.9 x 30 x 8.7 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.20.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
The open countenance of Napoléon-Eugène-Louis (1856–1879), sole offspring of Napoleon III, helped freshen the image of the increasingly unpopular regime of the Second Empire. The cameo is close to but does not copy the marble statue by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux commissioned by the emperor in 1865 (Louvre, Paris).
Signature: Incised on tranche of neck: P. L.

Inscription: Scratched on back in script: E. Guyetant Succs de Michelini, 1867
Milton Weil (until 1940; to MMA)
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