Acquisition: Sèvres Porcelain for Fontainebleau!
Art of empire: rare Napoleonic porcelain Since 2016, the Château de Fontainebleau has actively pursued the acquisition of an exceptional series of Empire-era porcelain services produced by Sèvres. In addition to their incredible beauty, these fine works of art were symbols of imperial power. The services, currently held by a private collector, will find their place in the Château's Napoleon Museum, one of the world's finest Napoleonic collections. The Château has already purchased three of seven lots – help us further enhance the museum's Napoleon exhibition with these remarkable artefacts! Two of the remaining lots are of high priority: Empress Marie Louise Vase This vase is decorated with a portrait of Empress Marie Louise clothed in a black velvet travelling dress and hat richly adorned with white feathers. In 1814, it was gifted by the emperor to his sister-in-law Catherine, the former Queen consort of Westphalia, who was taking refuge in France. It is an exceedingly rare unofficial image of Marie Louise. The distinctive "fuseau" (spindle) shape of the vase is a neo-classical Empire fashion that evokes the ancient amphora. Egyptian Breakfast Service In 1813, the Duchess of Montebello received this this breakfast service or "cabaret". It is one of seven Sèvres services based on images from Vivant Denon's Travels in Lower and Upper Egypt (1802). Egyptian themes were in vogue during the period following Napoleon's failed military campaign in Egypt, and French decorative arts combined them with earlier styles. Other recipients of this exclusive service included Tsar Alexander I, Empress Josephine, Marie-Louise, and Napoleon himself. The service is complete and includes a teapot, bowl, milk jug, sugar bowl, six cups, and six saucers, decorated with Egyptian landscapes and portraits. The teapot is especially outstanding: it is the only known Sèvres piece with a wholly Egyptian form and snake-shaped spout. Want to discuss our projects? 💬 Eric Grebille, Head of Sponsorship Telephone: (+33) 01.60.71.57.92 / (+33) 06.87.40.14.34 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org → Other ways to support the Château de Fontainebleau ← Discover all of our current projects or leave a gift in your will
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