Lot 40
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40000 - 60000 EUR
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Result : 154 560EUR
THE FIRST CONSUL BONAPARTE AND EMPEROR NAPOLEON IER A rare little "porte-manteau" (coat rack) set for the 1st Consul Bonaparte and Emperor Napoleon I. In mahogany, decorated with a double brass fillet, bearing in the center an inlaid shield engraved with the Great Arms of Emperor Napoleon I, signed on the lock plate "BIENNAIS Orfèvre du Premier Consul R. St Honoré n° 119, au singe violet" and engraved "n°8" on the front. Good condition. Consulate-First Empire period (minor wood damage and missing fillets on the lid). It contains : - Inside the lid : A removable mercury mirror on a mahogany base, edged with a brass frame, bearing a suspension ring. Behind the glass are 4 accessories: 2 tortoiseshell combs, 1 razor sharpener with ebony handle in its red morocco case decorated with a gold frieze and trimmed with a silver shuttle coin, 1 faceted silver pen-holder with one face engraved with an inch for measurements. - The lower part is divided into 2 levels: 1) In the removable upper tray : 2 silver-mounted ivory razors, 1 of which is marked "Au singe violet" on the blade (a silver escutcheon is missing from one of the razors), 1 vermeil toothbrush, 1 vermeil tweezers, 2 pairs of small polished iron scissors (later), 1 silver-mounted ivory pocket knife with folding blade, 1 ice hook, 1 ivory folding penknife with two blades (small missing), 1 ivory lead case. 2) In the lower part: 2 rectangular vermeil boxes, engraved with a guilloche frieze, 1 silver inkwell, 1 small round silver and vermeil pill box with screw lid. 2 glazed polished guilloche wrought-iron boot pulls, 1 silver shaving brush, 1 cut-glass salt or perfume bottle with silver stopper. Height: 6 cm. Length: 21 cm. Width 11 cm. All pieces are hallmarked 1798-1809. Title 1 Coq Paris 950. Medium and small guarantee hallmarks. Goldsmiths' association hallmarks. Two vermeil boxes hallmarked Charles François PERNET, silversmith on rue Notre Dame de la Cité from 1798. Pill box and shaving brush hallmarked Martin Guillaume BIENNAIS, au Singe Violet. Provenance: Hôtel Drouot (Lombrail-Teucquam-Massol), September 29, 1998, no. 147, expert Jean-Claude Dey. - Jean Louis Noisiez Collection History : This small necessary box is one of the pieces that formed part of the travel toiletry sets of the 1st Consul Bonaparte and His Majesty the Emperor Napoleon I. The number "8" engraved on the front of the box corresponds to the place reserved for it in the carriage's trunk or travel case, which were themselves made up of several elements assembled for travel and transport, and numbered for easy storage. The interest of our set lies in its precociousness, used by Napoleon as First Consul and then Emperor (with the addition of the imperial coat of arms at the time).
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