Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Napoleon's Wine Glass

 auctioned June 15, in London

Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 18:05
napoleons glass

It was the year 1814, and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte had been deposed and exiled to the Island of Elba.  
He was a political prisoner indeed but one that was never deprived of creature comforts and luxuries such as good wines, French and Italian, served in adequate glasses.
One of Napoleon’s wine glasses will be auctioned on June 15 at Bonhams in London. 
It is a crystal chalice, engraved with Napoleon’s imperial “N”, encased in a red leather casket shaped like the goblet.  The estimate base price? Between £2.000 and  £3.000 (US$ 3,289 and US$ 4,933)

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