This remarkable life-size plaster bust represents General Berlier and dates from the nineteenth century.
An excerpt from Wikipedia (translated from French):
Pierre-André-Hercule Berlie , born on October 10, 1769 in Crest in the Drôme and died on August 14, 1821 in Valence, in the same department, was a French general of the Revolution and the Empire .
Under the Revolution
Berlier service between October 11, 1791 as a second lieutenant in the 4th battalion of volunteers of Drôme, amalgamated in the Year II in the 83th half-brigade of infantry, now 57th half-brigade in the year IV. Lieutenant on June 15, 1792 and grenadier captain on August 13, 1793, he made the campaigns from 1792 to year V with the army of Italy , those from year VI to year IX with the armies of England, from Helvetia , Graubünden and the Rhineand received a shot to the head on 15 Floréal Year VIII at the Battle of Moesskirch .
From Captain of the Guard to General of the Empire
Captain of the chasseurs à pied regiment of the Consuls Guard on 30 Nivôse Year XII, Berlier was appointed member of the Legion of Honor on 25 Prairial of the same year and battalion commander of the 2nd regiment of chasseurs à pied on 18 Fructidor year XIII. He followed the Grand Army from year XIV to 1807 in Austria, Prussia and Poland and was appointed officer of the Legion of Honor on March 14, 1806. He then became colonel of the 36th line infantry regiment.on the following October 20 and received a shot in the left shoulder on February 8, 1807 at the Battle of Eylau .
Created baron of the Empire on August 18, 1810, he was directed to Spain in the corps of Marshal Soult and waged war there from 1808 to 1814. The Emperor appointed him brigadier general on August 6, 1811. On February 27, 1814, he fought at Orthez and on April 10 at Ponts-Jumeaux during the Battle of Toulouse during which a shot crossed both shoulders. Put on half-pay the 1st September of the same year, Bertier was made Knight of St. Louis March 7, 1815 and in command of the department of Drômethe following May 23. Put back on half pay on September 11 and understood as available within the framework of the general staff of the army on December 30, 1818, he retired to Valence where he died on August 14, 1821.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx, overall 26" high x 21¾" x 13¾"
Approx, overall 66cm high x 55cm x 35cm