London, South Kensington
4 July 2000
A gilt-mounted Sevres porcelain snuffbox with a painted portrait of Hortense de Beauharnais, circa 1890
in orange dress with frills at her shoulders, jewelled necklace and tiara
marked under base
21/8 in. (54 mm.) diam., overall 3 in. (76 mm.) diam.
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Hortense Eugénie Cécile Beauharnais (1783-1837) was born in Paris, the daughter of Alexandre, Vicomte de Beauharnais. As a child she was a favourite of her stepfather Napoleon. She married his brother Louis and became Queen of Holland.
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