NAPOLEON'S first English lessons while he was banished to exile on the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena fetched more than EU93,000 at auction.
Three lots of text in English and French, as well as drawings, by the fallen emperor had been valued EU7000 to EU9500, said the Osenat auction house in France.
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LONDON.-Sotheby's London announces that it will offer an exceptional Regency gilt-bronze, brass inlaid table, which is believed to have been commissioned by His Majesty’s Government, c.1815, for the drawing room of Napoleon Bonaparte’s home in exile on St Helena, Longwood House (estimated at £30,000-£50,000).
A REGENCY TABLE FROM NAPOLEON BONAPARTE’S HOME ON ST HELENA
The superb table from Napoleon’s home on St Helena was probably commissioned by His Majesty’s Government for the deposed Emperor’s place of exile. Attributed to the great English early 19th Century cabinetmaker George Bullock, it can be interpreted as a fascinating piece of design propaganda.
Henry House said: “This table and its association with Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the greatest figures in European History, represents an extraordinary commission by the British Government for the exiled Emperor. It wonderfully reflects a British notion of honour that was accorded a defeated foe - providing the very best for a great military figure who was essentially under house arrest. We have superb materials crafted into an object that represented cutting edge British design by an important designer, George Bullock. It captures not only these qualities, but a moment in British history and, perhaps, the national psyche of the time.”
An engraving held by the Musée National des Château de Malmaison et Bois Préau, shows the Emperor on his deathbed, with what appears to be the same table at the foot of his bed.**