Napoleon - An Intimate Portrait


Grand Eagle Legion of Honour Medallion of Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte

Grand Eagle Legion of Honour Medallion of Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte

- after 1802

To recognize the talent and achievement of men from all fields, Napoléon established the Legion of Honour in 1802, its name reprising the glory of the Roman republic. The Legion included members, officers, commanders and grand officers, organized into cohorts. The Grand Eagle was the highest award. Napoléon wore this medallion on the left breast of his uniforms.

Historical Provenance - Lucien Bonaparte family collection

Silver thread on fabric


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