Napoleon Bonaparte survived many wars, but he succumbed to Empress Josephine’s charms. And while the Empress had one of the world’s most powerful men wrapped around her little finger, she was not immune to the bewitching dazzle of gemstones – Chaumet’s gemstones, to be exact. Once official jeweller to the empress, the brand continues to take her as its regal muse today. The Maison’s ties to its history have always remaimed strong – its flagship boutique, studio and workshop still occupy the same 18th-century townhouse in Place Vendôme, where it has been since its founding in 1780.
A direct nod to the Maison’s royal connection is the Josephine collection. Name aside, its chosen motif, the tiara, appears miniaturised and set with gems, reimagined as rings, bracelets and pendants. Chaumet’s signature pear cut features strongly in the centrstone that tops each miniature tiara like a crowning ge
Parisian ‘Haute Joaillier’ Maison Chaumet’s Josephine collection has taken the world by storm, and no wonder: it’s elegant, it’s modern, and its different styles feature either a diamond – as a stunning engagement ring – or a beautiful colored gemstone for a more day-to-day piece that transitions beautifully into the evening. The ‘Aigrette Imperiale’ design, inspired by the crown, has a wings-like silhouette, ‘Eclat Floral’ has a tulip shape that that exalts the central gem.
Come into the world of Chaumet.
A marriage contract that the Emperor Napoleon and his wife Josephine signed as witnesses goes on sale next month for €21,000. The document records the marriage of General August Hulin and Marie Jeanne-Louise Tiersonnier, and was one of the first signed by Napoleon after being proclaimed emperor of France in 1804.
I am thrilled to share the evocative nature of this historical document on Valentine’s Day. It is assuredly the finest marriage contract signed by Emperor Napoleon and his Empress Josephine available in the world. Napoleon and Josephin’s own marriage contract is preserved in National Archives of France.
David Lowenherz, founder & owner of Lion Heart Autographs in New York
New York based Lion Heart Autographs has announced an extraordinary opportunity to acquire the finest marriage document ever. This rare Valentine’s Day opportunity celebrates history’s most romantic and often controversial couple – Napoleon & Josephine. The evocative marriage contract is not only signed by the historic couple, but by other French notables, including six of Napoleon’s original eighteen marshals (the highest military rank during the Empire). The Valentine’s Day presentation of such a unique, historical document marks the first time Lion Heart Autographs has offered it for sale; it is one of only a handful known to exist in private hands.
Other highlights to be featured by Lion Heart Autographs at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show include a letter by Albert Einstein on how intellectuals and the working class should work together; doodles by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on White House stationery; a decorative proclamation signed by President Harry Truman declaring the end of WWII; an impressive document signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State about U.S. fishing rights; a very fine art related letter by Henri Matisse; an unpublished handwritten letter by Charles Darwin sending his photograph to a former shipmate aboard the ‘Beagle’; a charming letter by Mark Twain in which he offers his autograph to a young collector, and much more.
Lion Heart Autographs will display the document at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from February 10-16, 2016. Come into the beautiful world of Lion Heart Autographs.