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A National Treasure - Pauline Bonaparte`s (Borghe`se) Empire Period Mahogany Personal Letterbox.

FRANCOIS HONORÉ-GEORGES JACOB-DESMALTER

PARIS FRANCE, c. 1805

Dimensions
Height  31 cm (12.20 in)
Width  29 cm (11.42 in)
Depth  24 cm (9.45 in)

A Pure Treasure , this wonderful very private and personal Mahogany letterbox belonged to Pauline Borghese (Sister of Napoleon Bonaparte ) . It is of supreme quality and is adorned with the most excellent quality Ormolu Mounts showing the Royal Cresting of a Princess and confirming its provenance with the Napoleonic Signature Gilded Bronze Bees .
The personal letter can be posted into the box via a secret cupboard which in turn could only be opened by the Princess knowing where to find the key which is hidden , and then finding the very secret and hidden escutcheon which is the hidden amongst the fine metal decoration .

Provenance
Paulina Borghese ( Nee Pauline Bonaparte )

Hotel Charost , 2 rue du Fauberg St Honore Paris......Now in the British Embassy in Paris

Exhibitions
LAPADA 2015........Joint first place , object of the fair .

Literature: The copy of the 1814 inventory ( available ) of the l`Hotel de la Princesse Pauline-Borghese (now British Embassy )lists a Petite boite a`lettre situated in the Antichambre .

Medium: Mahogany and Ormolu

Condition: Excellent

Ref No. 5698

£175,000

A Pure Treasure , this wonderful very private and personal Mahogany letterbox belonged to Pauline Borghese (Sister of Napoleon Bonaparte ) . It is of supreme quality and is adorned with the most excellent quality Ormolu Mounts showing the Royal Cresting of a Princess and confirming its provenance with the Napoleonic Signature Gilded Bronze Bees .
The personal letter can be posted into the box via a secret cupboard which in turn could only be opened by the Princess knowing where to find the key which is hidden , and then finding the very secret and hidden escutcheon which is the hidden amongst the fine metal decoration .

A Pure Treasure , this wonderful very private and personal Mahogany letterbox belonged to Pauline Borghese (Sister of Napoleon Bonaparte ) . It is of supreme quality and is adorned with the most excellent quality Ormolu Mounts showing the Royal Cresting of a Princess and confirming its provenance with the Napoleonic Signature Gilded Bronze Bees .
The personal letter can be posted into the box via a secret cupboard which in turn could only be opened by the Princess knowing where to find the key which is hidden , and then finding the very secret and hidden escutcheon which is the hidden amongst the fine metal decoration .

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