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Lot 88: Napoleon.- [Sale Catalogue] Catalogue (A) of Sundry Articles of Wearing Apparel, and Dressing Apparatus; formerly belonging to the Emperor Napoleon..., priced, unbound, Stanley, 1819.

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day One

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15 November 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Napoleon.- [Sale Catalogue] Catalogue (A) of Sundry Articles of Wearing Apparel, and Dressing Apparatus; formerly belonging to the Emperor Napoleon, and given by the Grand Marshal of the Palace, Count Bertrand, to M.Charvet, Keeper of the Wardrobe, on the Occasion of Napoleon's Abdication at Fontainebleau..., 7pp., most lots with prices in manuscript and a few notes in ink, title with ink number at head & initials at foot and a few small ink stains, foxed, final leaf frayed and very slightly defective at outer margin, stitched but unbound, removed from album with trace of mount to edge of final leaf, 4to, Mr.Stanley, at his Rooms, Old Bond Street, the Second of July, 1819. ⁂ Apparently unrecorded. Jean-Pierre Charvet was 'Curator of the Wardrobe' to Napoleon, answerable to the Duke de Frioul (and later the Count de Turenne), chamberlain or 'Keeper of the Wardrobe' who supervised all aspects of the Emperor's wearing apparel including inventories, orders, payments etc. Charvet's niece, Louise, became a linen-keeper at the Château de Saint Cloud in 1813 and was responsible for making the imperial shirts. The wardrobe was given to Charvet on Napoleon's first abdication in April 1814 and he sold the collection to a Dr. Duboys who in turn sold it on almost immediately to another party, who promptly consigned it to Stanley for auction. Charvet's son, Christofle, established the world's first shirt shop, still in existence as Charvet Place Vendôme, an up-market shirt-maker and tailor. The catalogue includes snuff, perfume and razor boxes, a "flesh brush...with which the Emperor was in the habit of being dry rubbed daily", a lock of hair "cut..by M.Charvet, in the Isle of Elba, in 1814", a pair of white silk stockings, various shirts "all...have been worn by the Emperor", an inventory of the wardrobe and several letters, medals etc.

Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History

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