Necessaire de Voyage of Princess Pauline Bonaparte-Borghese by Martin Guillaume Biennais

Mahogany chest containing items for dining, toilette and sewing.


Mahogany, gold, silver-gilt, glass, ivory
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £620,000)
Acquired in:
Hamilton & Kinneil Estates

The principal pieces of silver gilt were made by Marie-Joseph-Gabriel Genu, marked with Apollo's head and assay marks for 1794-7 and for 1798-1809. Some of the flatware is by Benoit Lorillon and the scissors and etui are by specialists. Included in the service are coffee, tea and chocolate pots, two candlesticks, a ewer and basin, two mirrors, jars for scent and manicure tools.These all fitted into numerous compartments in the chest which also had pockets for stationery and money.


Princess Pauline Bonaparte-Borghese, sister of the Emperor; by bequest to Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, 1825; by descent; Hamilton and Kinneil Estates Ltd.

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