Imperial Boxes

from 20/10/2018 to 10/03/2019
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This exhibition is one of a series of events organised by the Fondation Napoléon and the Maison de Chateaubriand to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of François-René de Chateaubriand (4 September 1768) and the 170th anniversary of his death (4 July 1848).

Imperial Boxes

The “Imperial Boxes” show presents nearly eighty objects, both small and large, from the Fondation Napoléon’s collection, most of them probably everyday items (boxes for various purposes, inkwells, crockery, portraits, and travel necéssaires).These objects highlight another part of Napoleonic history: not the battles and conquests, but the sumptuous life of the imperial court and the elite of the time, the journeys, the exile on St Helena, the beginnings of the legend…

Curator: Elodie Lefort, head of the collection at the Fondation Napoléon, with contributions from Thierry Lentz, director of the Fondation Napoléon / Bernard Degout, director of Maison de Chateaubriand

Dates: from Friday, 19 October 2018 to Sunday 10 March 2019

Opening hours:

October 2018: 10am-12pm/13pm-6.30pm (end of ticket sales: 6pm)

from November 2018 to February 2019: 10am-12pm/13pm-17pm (end of ticket sales: 4.30pm)

March 2019: 10am-12pm/13pm-6.30pm (end of ticket sales: 6pm)


With guided tour:

During the temporary exhibition period: full price: €6 / reduced price (*): €4.50

Visit without guided tour:

During the temporary exhibition period: full price: €4 / reduced price (*): €2.50

Groups: from 10 people

School (groups): 1 € per student

(*) Main beneficiaries of the reduced rate (upon presentation of proof): seniors aged 65 and over, students, teachers, 12-18 years old, jobseekers and RSA recipients, groups of at least 10 people, employees of the Hauts-de-Seine Department in active employment or retired, holders of a discount card for large families, curators and members of ICOM, holders of a subscription card for the three departmental museums, veterans.

Main beneficiaries of free admission (upon presentation of proof): under 12 years of age, students, the disabled and one person accompanying them, journalists, members of the Association des Amis de la maison de Chateaubriand, the Musée du Domaine départemental de Sceaux or the Musée départemental Albert-Kahn.

1st Sunday of the month: free admission for all


Events programme around the exhibition 


– Guided tours (in French) with the exhibition curators on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018 at 4pm

– Guided tours of the exhibition by a lecturer from the Maison de Chateaubriand on 4 and 18 November and 1 and 2 December

Study day: “Napoleon and Chateaubriand in their time”, Friday 19 October 2018.

Organised by the Fondation Napoléon with presentations (in French) by Bernard Degout, director of the Maison de Chateaubriand: “Chateaubriand et Napoléon”, Jean-Claude Berchet, editor and biographer of Chateaubriand: “Chateaubriand et le néo-classicisme” (“Chateaubriand and neo-classicism”), Jean-Claude Bonnet director of studies at the CNRS: “Antonin Carême, le Napoléon de la Cuisine” (“Antonin Carême, the Napoleon of Haute cuisine”), Chantal Prévot librarian at the Fondation Napoléon: “Que lisaient les Français à l’ époque de Napoléon et Chateaubriand?” (“Which books did the French read at the time of Napoleon and Chateaubriand?”); Thierry Lentz, director of the Fondation Napoléon: “Joseph Bonaparte : un libéral dans la famille Bonaparte?” (“Joseph Bonaparte: a liberal in the Bonaparte family?”); Peter Hicks, international affairs manager at the Fondation Napoléon: “Musiques au temps de Chateaubriand et de Napoléon” (“Music in the time of Chateaubriand and Napoleon”).

More information (in French)



“Autumn 2018 Cycle” of the Cercle d’études de la Fondation Napoléon

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6pm: Béatrice Didier, Professor Emeritus at the ENS (Ulm), Chateaubriand: diversity and unity of the “self

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 6pm: Bernard Degout, Director of the Maison de Chateaubriand : Chateaubriand reader and translator of Ossian

At the Fondation Napoléon, 7 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris. Registration required ( or 01 56 56 43 46 00)


– Reading of texts related to the exhibition on Saturday, 27 October 2018 at 3pm

– Reading: “Adulé ou décrié, Napoléon Ier sous le regard des écrivains” (extracts from the book Napoléon dans la littérature by Christiane Bénardeau) on 24 November and 15 December

Workshops / Discoveries

– Arthus Games (historical wooden games): family entertainment for the general public, in the library, on 4 November

– Art workshop for children on 18 November and 2 December

– Tactile discovery of the collections on Wednesday, 31 October at 3 p.m., 14 November and 12 December

– Textile discovery: fashion under the Empire, 25 November


– Theatrical show for families (from 8 years old) on November 11 and December 9

Film screenings (cycle)

– Cinema screening with talks on 30 November and 14 December


Maison de Chateaubriand (weblink)

Domaine de la Vallée aux Loups
87, rue de Chateaubriand
92290 Châtenay-Malabry



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