Napoleon's Fontainebleau chairs sell for $18,000 at Christie's



2015-06-26 13:15:39

Napoleon's Fontainebleau chairs sell for $18,000 at Christie's

Paul Delaroche's painting of Napoleon's abdication shows him sitting on the Fontainebleau chairs

A set of six chairs that were once housed in Napoleon's Fontainebleau palace have sold at Christie's auction of The Brian Juhos Collection in London today (May 1).

Napoleon's chairs auction The parcel-gilt chairs were upholstered in blue silk at the request of Emperor Napoleon

The chairs, now painted white with parcel-gilt, sold for 7,500 ($17,829), comfortably meeting the 6,000-9,000 estimate.

They were sold with fantastic provenance, with Napoleon clearly shown seated on one of them in Paul Delaroche's painting Napoleon Abdicated at Fontainebleau.

Each bears the inventory marks for the Chateau de Fontainebleau and were almost certainly commissioned as part of Napoleon's restoration of the palace. They are attributed to Pierre-Antoine Bellange (1758-1827), who was one of the most important craftsmen in Napoleon's court.

On April 25, a ring with a stone cameo that Napoleon found on his voyage to Egypt sold for $127,521.

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