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A French silver-gilt bowl
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A French silver-gilt bowl


A French silver-gilt bowl
Paris, 1819-1838, maker's mark probably that of Pierre-Jacques Meurice
Hemispherical, with outcurved rim, on pedestal foot, with formal foliate borders, the central band chased with a grape-vine with two floral-wreathed masks, with shells, scrolls and paterae, the leaf-wrapped handles with swan terminals, the body engraved twice with a crest above a crown, marked on side
7¾in. (19.5cm.) wide
13oz. (405gr.)
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Lot Essay

Michel Ney, born the son of a cooper, enlisted in a regiment of hussars and within six years had become their captain, rising through distinguished conduct in battle to become general of brigade and then of division. His loyalty to Napoleon appears to be due to a concerted charm offensive on the part of Napoleon, and Ney abandoned his former revolutionary principles in order to become his close and trusted lieutenant. Rewarded with ever more exalted commands and titles and ultimately with the grand eagle of the Legion of Honour, Ney was eventually made Marshal of France. His reputation for personal heroism earned him the sobriquet, 'the bravest of the brave.' With Napoleon's defeat Ney's loyalties transferred to the returning Bourbons, only to switch once again as Napoleon regained the ascendant, and yet again immediately after Waterloo, when, seeing his advances to the Bourbons and their courtiers were unsuccessful, he determined to flee France, and was caught. This final volte-face resulted in his denunciation and trial. Although still intensely popular and regarded as a national hero, Ney was executed on 7 December 1815 in the Luxembourg Gardens.


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