Napoleon - An Intimate Portrait


Imperial bed of Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia (detail)

Imperial bed of Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia (detail)

Jacob - c. 1810

Jérôme was known for his taste for luxury, and this bed, from the palace at Kassel, attests to his penchant for splendor. It celebrates Napoléon’s military conquests with Egyptian figures and stars, and honors his victories with oak and laurel branches.

The bed’s fabric has been recreated by the House of Prelle, which was established in Lyon in 1752 and furnished the Emperor’s palaces. Using their authentic Empire designs, Prelle often utilizes its original period looms to create its silk and brocades. This is the only royal bed of the First Empire in a private collection.

Historical Provenance - Duc de Montebello family collection


Images © photo12.com-Pierre-Jean Chalençon
A Traveling Exhibition from Russell Etling Company (c) 2011