About this artwork
These dinner knives 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.
- Martin-Guillaume Biennais
- Set of Dinner Knives (10)
- Paris (Object made in)
- Silver gilt and steel blades
- L. 23.88 cm (9 13/32 in.)
- Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox