Mahogany chest containing items for dining, toilette and sewing.

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.

Provenance

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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