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Dessert Knives (2)

A work made of silver gilt and steel blades.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt and steel blades.

Date:

1789/1820

Artist:

Martin-Guillaume Biennais
French, 1764-1843
Pierre-Benoît Lorillon
French, 1757-1816
Paris, France

About this artwork

These 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.

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European Decorative Art

Artist

Martin-Guillaume Biennais

Title

Dessert Knives (2)

Origin

Paris

Date

1789–1820

Medium

Silver gilt and steel blades

Dimensions

L. 20.6 cm (8 3/32 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox

Reference Number

1966.121k-l

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