An impressive amount of Napoleon Bonaparte’s jewelry items was displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. The collection includes one of a kind royal jewelry, timepieces, watches and silverware, which demonstrate Napoleon’s links to Australia.
The 300 piece exhbition entitlted: Napoleon: Revolution to Empire included an impressive collection of furniture, paintings, ornaments, uniforms, decorative weaponry, and trademark hat. Napoleon’s first wife jewelry, books, and silverware that was shown alongside other historical pieces.
One of our personal favorites of the exhibition is a 200 year old Breguet timepiece that was worn by the famous French horologist, Abraham-Louis Breguet. The watch belonged to Napoleon’s youngest brother, Jerome Bonaparte who got the timepiece encrusted with diamonds that indicate the hour and pearls that show the half hour. Lastly, an ornate arrow turns with the watch’s movements and the time is ostensible without the wearer needing to open a cover.
Another highlight of the exhibition included a full replica suite of the legendary Empire Jewellery that was presented to Empress Marie-Louise, who was Napoleon’s second wife. Made from gold, silver, white sapphires, diamonds and garnets, this piece was recreated in 1811 by luxury French jewellery house, Chaumet.
The Napoleon: Revolution to Empire exhibition closed in 2012.