French Sculpture Census

photo credit : The Cleveland Museum of Art
artist © : public domain

Lyon, Rhône 1756 - Lyons, Rhône 1813

L'impératrice Joséphine
Bust of Empress Josephine


11 5/8 x 6 11/16 x 4 5/16
inscribed on front of base in ligature: chinard a milan
inscribed on back of base in ligature: chinard / de / l'institut n[al?] / membre de plusiere [sp] / academies / milan-an 1 [3?]

Acc. No. : 1994.125
Credit Line : Bequest of Ethlyne J. Seligman

Cleveland, Ohio, The Cleveland Museum of Art


  • 1805, this bust was sculpted in Milan when the Empress Josephine accompanied Napoleon to that city for his coronation as the King of Italy
  • Paris, Comte de Penha Longa
  • 1911, 2 December, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Penha Longa sale, possibly sold to André J. Seligman
  • possibly Paris, André J. Seligman
  • possibly by inheritance to his son and daughter-in-law Germain and Ethlyne J. Seligman
  • possibly Germain and Ethlyne J. Seligman
  • 1978, upon his death, by inheritance to Ethlyne J. Seligman
  • Ethlyne J. Seligman
  • upon her death, held in trust by the estate
  • 1994, Estate of Ethlyne J. Seligman, by bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art

Related Works

Several almost identical versions exist which may vary in the inscriptions and details of costume.
A related marble bust of Josephine is now in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.