As the title suggests, this not only features souvenirs and personal possessions from the period of Napoleon’s own lifetime but also later works which testify to his long-lasting influence.
Among the highlights of the sale is the black felt bicorn hat that the emperor wore during his 1807 campaign in Poland. The hat was purchased in 1814 by the politician Michael Shaw Stewart, taken to Scotland and then passed down by descent until 2015 when it was sold at Christie’s and entered a private collection. It is estimated at €400,000-600,000.
A selection of silver related to Napoleon and his family is another feature of the auction. It includes a silver-gilt coffee pot decorated with neoclassical motifs which bears the imperial arms of Napoleon’s mother, Laetitia Bonaparte, (Madame Mère) under the neck. The 13in (33cm) high, 46oz coffee pot with marks for Paris 1798-1809, was made by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot from whom Laetitia Bonaparte ordered all her silver-gilt wares. The estimate is €15,000-25,000.