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Pair of Platters

A work made of gilt silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gilt silver.


c. 1794-1819


Martin-Guillaume Biennais (French, 1764-1843)
Paris, France

About this artwork

These platters 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.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Martin-Guillaume Biennais


Pair of Platters


Paris (Object made in)

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Gilt silver


MARKS: “[lozenge with seated monkey and two pellets above B, maker’s mark] / [head of Apollo in oval shield, unofficial Paris assay mark 1794-97] / [cock with 1 in right corner in horizontal octagonal shield, Paris assay mark 1809-19] / [helmeted dexter head of Minerva in round punch, Paris excise mark 1809-19],” bottom rims of both platters INSCRIPTIONS: “[Borghese armorials surmounted with Napoleonic Crown],” engraved on raised edge


Diam.: 66 cm (26 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox

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