This centerpiece was designed by Jean-Baptiste Gustave Odiot for Maison Odiot, the firm founded by his grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Claude Odiot. Designing for the firm from 1856 to 1906, Gustave won a gold medal at the Paris Exposition of 1867.
The design for a version of this centerpiece remains in the Odiot archives, where it is noted that a silver and silver-gilt example was made for the Duc d'Amale in 1859 (illustrated in Olivier Gaube du Gers, Odiot l'Orfèvre, 1990, fig. 294, p. 187).
Le Baron de Lacrosse (1796-1865) was Minister of Public Works under Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte and the Second Empire. The day after the coup d'etat on December 2, 1852, de Lacrosse was named member of the advisory commission and President of Marine & Finances of the provisional state council. On January 26, 1852 he was named Senator of the Second Empire, the office in which he supported and sustained imperial politics until his death in 1865.
SUPP CAPTION: Design for a centerpiece, Gustave Odiot Courtesy of M. Olivier Gaube du Gers, Maison Odiot