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Simon Bourguet (c.1705–73, maître 1740)

Écuelle, cover and stand (part of The Grand Service) 1762-63

Silver gilt | 13.5 x 32 x 18.8 cm; stand 25.4 cm diameter (whole object) | RCIN 48397

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This travelling basin and stand are engraved with Napoleon's cipher. Most of Napoleon's belongings were created in a contemporary Imperial style; these pieces by contrast are rather old-fashioned and must have had some personal significance to the Emperor. They were reputedly taken from the French baggage train immediately after the battle.