"Bee" Earrings Musée des châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau Inspired by the bees adorning the harp of Empress Josephine This harp, signed by Cousineau, father and son, used to belong to Empress Josephine and is now in the music room of the Château of Malmaison. It is made of mahogany and richly decorated with gilded bronze, in particular bees, which inspired these different pieces of jewellery. When looking for new emble
MINIATURE MARKASITE RING, ca. 1880. Silver over yellow gold. Decorative ring, the florally open-worked top set with 1 older miniature depicting the Empress Josephine, and additionally decorated with small markasites. Gold shank with French mark, not original. Size ca. 58.
Abraham Louis Breguet ( A French Swiss Huguenot) Watch around 1790, Josephine ordered the watch in 1799 for 3,000 francs. The diamonds were added in 1804 shortly after Napoleon was crowned Emperor of France, and a crown motif was added to reflect Josephine’s new imperial status.She subsequently gave the watch to her daughter Hortense, who married Napoleon’s brother Joseph Bonaparte in 1802. Hortense became Queen of Holland when Napoleon made his brother King in 1806,.