A rare pair of carved coral cameos commemorating the marriage of Napoleon Bonaparte and his second wife, the archduchess Maire-Louise of Austria, in 1810. These would have been purchased and cherished by loyalists of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Mediterranean coral was the most popular precious gemstone during the French Empire. Coral was harvested off the coast of Italy and carved in earlier centuries in Trapani, Sicily, and then in the 18th and 19th centuries in Naples. Each pendant is very finely carved in exquisite detail, set in silver; that of Marie-Louise is slightly larger than Napoleon. These are two rare pieces of Napoleonic history, rarely to be found again in a pair, and of this quality.
Marie-Louise: 25mm without the bale x 23mm, 7.1 grams
Napoleon: 23mm x 22mm, 7 grams