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DIVA versus the Gilbert Collection

Objects relating to Napoleon Bonaparte are much sought after by collectors. DIVA is the proud owner of a silver jug set with the portrait of Napoleon, which was made with an eye for detail by Joseph Lecocqmartin (1772-1850) sometime between 1809 and 1815. The jug may have been at stake in a competition organized in Antwerp in 1811 to celebrate the birth of his son Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, king of Rome. Himself a fervent user of snuff, Napoleon presented gold snuffboxes bearing his portrait on many occasions from 1804. One of them, featuring an inlaid portrait attributed to Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855), was acquired by Arthur Gilbert.

Admire the snuffbox from the Gilbert Collection here: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O156458/snuffbox-isabey-jean-baptiste/