Lot 580
French School (19th century), Folk Art Miniature of Napoleon Bonaparte
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Watercolor on ivory, second half of the 19th century, unsigned, the emperor in military dress with sword and epaulettes, presented in an ebonized frame with gilt metal liner.

Frame dimensions 3 x 2 3/4 in.

From the Collection of the late Sterling Boyd, Raleigh, North Carolina
Sterling Boyd was a consummate collector and Southern gentleman. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, he studied art history at Sewanee: The University of the South, Oberlin College, and received his doctorate from Princeton University. He shared his enthusiasm for the fine arts through positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Boyd also taught and mentored future art historians at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and later headed the art department at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Following his academic and museum careers, Sterling Boyd channeled his talents for interior design and decoration. His Raleigh apartment was a cabinet of curiosities, each item carefully collected from his world travels and perfectly placed in his jewel box of a home.

Some rubbing to edges of painting; small area of paint loss in lower right quadrant; some wear and minor rubbing to frame.