Paperweight of stone used at the Invalides
Carved ivory profile bust of Napoleon I, in low relief. Faces left, wears military uniform with epaulette. Mounted as a paperweight on a regular red and gray variegated marble plinth. Typed note taped to bottom: "Napoleon's remains were brought from St. Helena to Paris in 1840, and his tomb at the Invalides was constructed in the period 1843-1861. My grandmother, Mary Middleton, went to the tomb at some time during this period and secured from a workman there this piece of Finnish marble, on which she had placed this bas relief. W.L.F." (William Logan Fox, brother of donor.)
5.375" L x 3.125" W x 1.0" H
Carved ivory, marble base
Gift of Mrs. Edward M. Cheston. Purchased in Paris in the 1840s by Mary Middleton.
Bonaparte Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Mid 19th century