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Vendome column with tomb of Napoleon

about 1840-1870


Overall: 59.7 x 18.4 x 18.4 cm (23 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

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Tomb of Napoleon inside the base of the column


Possibly Empress Eugénie (b. 1826 – d. 1920), Farnborough, England; 1927, possibly sold by her descendants [see note]. April 25, 1997, sold by Jim’s Antiques, Ltd., Lambertville, NJ, to Frederic and Jean Sharf, Chestnut Hill, MA; 2016, gift of Frederic and Jean Sharf to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 28, 2016)

NOTE: When this was sold in 1997, it was identified with a column that had belonged to Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, which was exhibited and published in Exposition de Napoléon Ier a Napoléon III: Souvenirs de la Famille Impériale Conservés par l’Impératrice Eugénie dans sa résidence de Farnborough et provenant de sa succession, Paris 1928, cat. no. 111 (ill). The column appears to be identical or nearly identical to the present object. The foreword to the catalogue explains that the objects exhibited had been part of the estate at the castle of Farnborough, which had to be sold at auction. The auction took place the previous year.

Credit Line

Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf