The major creations of the imperial and royal courts, from the Consulate to the Second Empire, are presented, as are the illustrious figures who commissioned them: Napoleon I, who chose the founder of Chaumet, Marie-Etienne Nitot, to magnify his symbols of power; the Empress Josephine, whose immense taste for jewellery is reflected in the ceremonial parures adorned with pearls and diamonds often sourced from the Crown Diamonds; and the Empress Marie-Louise, the instigator of neo-classical jewellery’s golden age. The reign of Napoleon III and Eugenie is a moment of glory for the Maison at the Expositions Universelles where its creativity shines on an international stage and opens the way for expansion.
The Fondatation Napoléon has lent four objects from its collection : a decorative box with a portrait of Empress Marie-Louise (CONSTANTIN Abraham (1785-1855), BLERZY Etienne-Lucien, NITOT & FILS); a malachite parure (NITOT & FILS); Box in memory of the Marquise of Lawoestine (VACHETTE Adrien-Jean-Maximilien (actif 1779-1839) /ECOLE FRANCAISE); and a tact watch belonging to Jérôme Bonaparte (BREGUET Abraham-Louis (1747-1823)).
More information and virtual visit here.
No. 4 Jingshanqian Street – Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 – Through the North Side of Tian’anmen Square
Underground transport: Line 1 Tian’anmen East
(tickets will be sold until 4:00 pm and last entrance at 4:10 pm)
The museum is closed on Mondays apart from national holidays
Online tickets purchasing on http://gugong.228.com.cn (in chinese only)