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Pair of Warming Dishes

A work made of silver gilt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt.

Date:

1794/97

Artist:

Martin-Guillaume Biennais
France, 1764-1843
Paris, France

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.

On View

Applied Arts of Europe, Gallery 232

Artist

Martin-Guillaume Biennais

Title

Pair of Warming Dishes

Origin

Paris

Date

1794–1797

Medium

Silver gilt

Dimensions

27.9 × 20.3 cm (11 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox

Reference Number

1966.103a-b

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