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Hot-Water Urn
Hot-Water Urn
Date:
1809–1819
Location:
Legion of Honor
Gallery 16
Century:
Media:
Silver Gilt And Carnelian
Dimensions:
17 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 12 1/4 (44.5 x 21.6 x 31.1 cm)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1944.11a-d
Acquisition Date:
1944-12-27
Credit Line:

Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels

Exhibition History:

M.H.deYoung-A Feast for the Eye, 1998

Probably made for Napoleon's sister, Pauline Borghese, this hot water urn for tea is designed in the high Empire style; its form is derived from an ancient classical vase relieved by ornament of anthemia, swans and snakes. It is modeled after a fontaine a the made for Queen Hortense, wife of Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland.