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Plate Offered by Emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte To His Sister - Crown Armorial For Sale
Plate Offered by Emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte To His Sister - Crown Armorial:
Rare & Unusual 1800's Porcelain Plate Offered by the Emperor to His Sister Princess Murat.
For your consideration is an extremely rare and unusual, 1800's Sevres porcelain type dinner plate, decorated with the Imperial armorial and laurels.
The plate is marked on the bottom with the Dubois mark, founded about 1773 by Vincent Dubois, Paris. Faubourg St. Lazare (two pointless arrows in blue).
Also, this imperial gift has the following French inscription:
"Offert par S. M. L'Empereur a la Princesse Murat" (offered by His Majesty the Emperor [Napoleon I Bonaparte] to Princess Murat).
An extraordinary imperial gift! The more you look into the stunning decoration of this plate, the more you see. Just a fabulous and amazing, a true tribute to the master French artisans at Dubois.
Plate measures 10 1/4" wide, and is in excellent antique condition.
This magnificent plate came from the estate of a renowned and wealthy French descent collector of Palm Beach County, Florida.
The gold decoration has faded a bit (not a big deal).
In good order.
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The coat of arms is depicted on this plate with 3 bees on a blue background surrounded by two eagles from each corner. The shield is crowned.
Napoleon Bonaparte, the famed military and political leader of France, ensured that the bee was widely adopted in his court, as well as in the clothing, draperies, carpets and furniture of the country at large.
By choosing the bee as the emblem of his reign, Napoleon was paying homage to Childeric (436–481), one of the ‘long-haired’ Merovingian kings of the region known as Gaul. When Childeric’s tomb was uncovered in 1653 it was found to contain 300 golden jewels, styled in the image of a bee, and these are the same bees that Napoleon had affixed to his coronation robe.
Sèvres was a popular factory for the commission and production of royal and diplomatic gifts, as well as for direct purchases by royal families and the aristocracy.
Monarchs and leaders across the Western world looked to France for their important commissions and major purchases. For example, Catherine the Great ordered a fabulous service from Sèvres in 1776. The majority of Her service is in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, but a few pieces have come up for sale over the years, including a pair of ice-pails, covers and liners, selling for £842,500 with premium, and a soup-plate, which sold for £137,000.
Royal and political patronage continued over successive decades into the 19th century and beyond.
Napoleon ordered the service ‘Marly Rouge’, which was delivered to Château de Fontainebleau in October 1809, shortly before the Emperor arrived for a one-month stay. His Imperial M~s service was decorated with finely painted moths within red and gilt borders. A portion of that service sold in the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller in May 2018 for the world record price of $1,812,500.
Plate Offered by Emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte To His Sister - Crown Armorial
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