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The Victoria & Albert Museum
This mighty fancy candy dish was made between 1809 and 1819. The portrait atop the lid depicts Eugène de Beauharnais, the stepson of Napoleon Bonaparte through his first wife Josephine. Eugène remained a staunch supporter of his step-father, engaging on the Emperor’s behalf in a number of notable battles. Eugène was viceroy of Italy for many years, but following the overthrow of Napoleon, he took refuge in Munich where he died at the age of 43.
This attractive vessel, in addition to the cameo features a base of pierced and chased gold, and, on the lid, a frame of pearls, turquoise, agate, enamel, and glass.