Duke’s of Dorchester will be auctioning an antique chair today, which is believed to have connections to Napoleon Bonaparte.
The seat was originally made for Princess Marie Antoinette Murat (1793-1847) around 1810. The Princess’ uncle was Joachim Murat, Napoleon’s brother in law, as he was married to Caroline, the younger sister of Bonaparte.
According to experts, the chair is designed in a style that was popular during the reign of Napoleon, with gilt paintwork, a caned seat, and legs with Egyptian heads at the foot.
The chair later found its way into the possession of Field Marshall Lord Grenfell, who kept the item as part of his Napoleonic collection. During February of 1920, the chair was given to the Bournemouth Natural Science Society. The antique still has a label on it that validates this fact.
Items that are related to Napoleon have been experiencing high demand over recent years, including a hat that had belonged to the Emperor, which sold for £1.25m. A spokesperson for the auction house said:
“It is a rare opportunity to own an item so well connected with one of the most important historical figures of the 19th century. I wonder whether Napoleon himself sat on it?”
The lot has an estimated price between £800 and £1,600, with the auction house describing the antique chair as being “Fit for a Princess.”
Vintage seats remain popular, especially antique dining chairs , which can enhance the décor of any dining room. Antique furniture can be used to furnish any space, providing a quality and attractive addition to a home.
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