Plaque

Ref: 00008
  • Designer/Maker

    Designed by Jules-Constant Peyre (fl. 1811-after 1871)

    Manufactured by Christofle et Cie (1830-present)

  • Detail

    Patinated galvanoplastie

    16.8 x 27.5 cm

    French (Saint-Denis), circa 1870

  • Marked

    Inscribed: ‘EUGENIE IMPERATRICE’ and ‘NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR’.  Signed: J. PEYRE F. NIEUEWERKERKE DIR.IT’ and ‘GALVANI. MODO C CHRISTOFLE REP.IT’

  • Provenance

    Philip Cate; David & Constance Yates; private collection

  • Notes

    An identical plaque depicting Emperor Napoléon III (1808-73) and Empress Eugénie (1826-1920), with different patination, is in the collection of the Christofle Museum.

    Two Sèvres biscuit porcelain plaques with the same images of the Emperor and Empress are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 381.145.209, a & b.  The museum’s attribution to Peyre is confirmed by the present plaque.