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Soup Tureen

A work made of silver gilt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt.

Date:

1800/25

Artist:

Martin-Guillaume Biennais
French, 1798-1843
Paris, France

About this artwork

This soup tureen is 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

European Decorative Art, Gallery 232

Artist

Martin-Guillaume Biennais

Title

Soup Tureen

Origin

Paris

Date

1800–1825

Medium

Silver gilt

Dimensions

H. 25.4 cm (10 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox

Reference Number

1966.115

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