Napoleon - An Intimate Portrait

Fabric sample from Versailles

Fabric sample from Versailles

Grand-Frères (silk manufacturer of Lyons) - c. 1810-1811

In honor of his marriage to the Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria in April 1810, Napoléon redecorated Versailles, placing numerous orders for silk fabrics from Grand-Frères. This fabric sample, from the palace’s great living room, includes his personal emblem, the bee, as well as images related to the glories of the Roman Empire.


Images © Chalençon
A Traveling Exhibition from Russell Etling Company (c) 2011