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Ref TS6 The Eaglet
A high carat gold vinaigrette pendant, circa 1811, celebrating the birth of Napoleon's only legitimate child, Napoleon II. Napoleon II was born at the Tuileries Palace on March 20, 1811. A salvo of one hundred cannons broke the news to the city of Paris. Cheers erupted at the 22nd retort – 21 shots would have meant the baby was a girl. The balloonist Sophie Blanchard ascended to drop leaflets announcing the birth. The baby's nickname was
, or the Eaglet [as one of Napoleon’s symbols was an eagle]. His baptism at Notre Dame Cathedral in June was a sumptuous affair. The pendant is in the form of a cradle surmounted by a crown with the sleeping infant lying on top. Inside is a vinaigrette compartment for the inclusion of a perfume impreganted sponge. The inside of the lid bears the two sceptres of Napoleon under his Imperial crown in colourful enamels. The cradle is inscribed :
Etrenne de la providence
[a gift of providence]. The pendant is 1 and 1/4 inches tall and 3/4 of an inch wide. Quite a fabulous piece, in immaculate condition.
Portrait of the King of Rome The King of Rome's cradle
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