Lot 275
Two 19th Century French Gilt Bronze Portrait Medallions
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The first (70mm) by Bertrand Andrieu, dated 1811, the obverse with a laureate bust of Napoleon while the reverse depicts the infant King of Rome being baptized by the French emperor (rim dings, else Extremely Fine); the second (108mm) is an appliqué of gilt bronze and enamel depicting a high relief fantasy profile of a Grecian warrior, the verso with a post for fitting a screw (good estate condition).

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.