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



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Napoleon III Gilt&Silver bronze champlevé enamel mounted Onyx centrepiece French picture

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Pair Antique Huge French Sevres Porcelain Urns, Hand Painted,  1880 , picture

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Pair Antique Huge French Sevres Porcelain Urns, Hand Painted,  1880 , Napoleon picture

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Plate Offered by Emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte To His Sister - Crown Armorial picture

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RARE FRENCH SEVRES IMPERIAL NAPOLEON KING Of ITALY SET 6 CUPS & 6 SAUCERS 19TH C picture

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A Traveling Exhibition from Russell Etling Company (c) 2011