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Jérôme Bonaparte (1784-1860), King of Westphalia 1807-1813, in blue-piped white uniform of the Westphalian Infantry, with gold-embroidered facings, black collar embroidered in gold oak leaves, wearing the red sash and the badge of the Imperial French Order of the Legion of Honour
signed 'Aubry' (mid-right)
on ivory
oval, 2.3/16 in. (56 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount, the burgundy moiré silk reverse applied with rectangular gilt-metal plaque engraved 'Jérôme Bonaparte / Roi de Westphalie'
A Private Collector; Christie's, Geneva, 16 May 1995, lot 230.
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Lot Essay

The sitter was a younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and was King of the briefly existing state of Westphalia. He married firstly Elizabeth ('Betsy') Patterson, with whom he had one son, but his brother annulled this marriage in order for him to marry the German princess Catharina of Württemberg, by whom he had three children. Later, living in exile in Italy, he married Giustina Pecori-Surez. After the creation of the second French Republic, Jérôme was named heir to his nephew Napoleon III and served as Marshal of France and President of the Senate.

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