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Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels
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.