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Napoleonic memorabilia collected after the Battle of Waterloo

Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763–1850)

Standing bowl 1798 - 1816

RCIN 51069

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These decorative bowls were said to have been modelled on the breast of Venus, although the more likely model was Napoleon's sister, Pauline de Borghese (1780–1825). As Prince Regent, George IV acquired both bowls and one stand in 1815 and commissioned a second stand to match the following year.