On April 11th, 1814, Napoleon had formally abdicated from the throne as Emperor of France. The Allied European nations, Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia, signed the Treaty of Fontainebleau which ultimately set the stipulations for the fate of Napoleon.
I saw this table (and took this photo) at the Chateau Fontainbleau earlier this month. April 9th to be specific, and no mention was made of the event at all.
I am not sure if anyone else in the room was as impressed as I was. I think they were still mumbling about the bedroom we had just passed through and wondering if the Pope did sleep there. Anyway, I like to think about the person who designed this table. Maybe he was a humble wood worker. Maybe he was a big time furniture designer. Whichever he was, I wonder if he ever imagined that his table would need to be preserved for all time....not for how it looked, but for what was done on it.