About this artwork
These objects for the dining table are part of a vast service made for Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Pauline on the occasion of her marriage to the Roman nobleman Camillo Borghese, Sixth Prince of Sulmona.
In the years after the French Revolution, architects and designers adopted the visual language of ancient Greece and Rome to express the new imperial order. Napoleon, hoping to promote Paris’s luxury trades, commissioned several silver dinner services as gifts to be sent abroad. The slender outlines and smooth surfaces of the vessels in the Borghese service contrast with the rich decoration.
- Martin-Guillaume Biennais
- Pair of Double Salts
- Paris (Object made in)
- Silver gilt with cast, applied and chased decoration
- Overall: 22 × 20.5 cm (8 1/2 × 8 1/8 in.) Salt bowls: diam. 9.5 cm (2 1/8 in.) Weight (each): approx. 24 oz.
- Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox