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Napoleonic memorabilia collected after the Battle of Waterloo

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

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

RCIN 48397

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Most of Napoleon's belongings were created in the contemporary Imperial style, but this travelling basin and stand are rather old-fashioned and so must have had some personal significance to the emperor. They are engraved with Napoleon's cipher and were supposedly taken from the French baggage train immediately after the Battle of Waterloo.