Napoleon - An Intimate Portrait


Emperor’s horse Tauris

Emperor’s horse Tauris

Carle Vernet - c. 1810

Napoléon owned and used over 150 horses during the course of his life, 19 of which were shot out from under him. Tauris, a silvery grey, slightly dappled Persian, was a gift from Tsar Alexander I. Napoléon rode him at the battles of Vitebsk, Smolensk and Borodino, during his entrance into Moscow, and during the retreat from Russia. He also rode him from the coast of France to Paris during the Hundred Days.


Of his equestrian skills, Napoléon’s valet Constant wrote, “The Emperor mounted a horse without grace... and I believe that he would not have always been very sturdy on the horse if we had not taken so much care to give him only horses perfectly trained.” Similarly, Ernst Otto Odeleben wrote, “Napoléon rode like a butcher...whilst galloping, his body rolled backwards and forwards and sideways, according to the speed of his horse.”

Historical Provenance - Marshal Koenig collection

India ink on paper



Napoleonic War 1770 Austro - Hungarian Offices Hussars Silver Saber  picture

Napoleonic War 1770 Austro - Hungarian Offices Hussars Silver Saber

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NAPOLEONIC FRENCH IMPERIAL GARDE SMALL SIDE SABRE SWORD CIRCA 1803-1810 picture

NAPOLEONIC FRENCH IMPERIAL GARDE SMALL SIDE SABRE SWORD CIRCA 1803-1810

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Fine German heavy cavalry saber, C. 1800- Napoleonic war era, Original scabbard picture

Fine German heavy cavalry saber, C. 1800- Napoleonic war era, Original scabbard

$1300.00



NICE OFF SAID MINOR SWORD SABRE SABER ROYAL REVOLUT NAPOLEON TO 1780 VIVE LE ROY picture

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Antique French Revolution Sword Sabre Early Napoleonic Napoleon Wars picture

Antique French Revolution Sword Sabre Early Napoleonic Napoleon Wars

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Light infantry lanyard sabre sword napoleon 1 er empire picture

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