Presse Papier

  • Designer / Maker

    Designed by Honoré Daumet

    Manufactured by P.-H. Emile Froment-Meurice (1837-1913)

    The ivory by Jules-Clément Chaplain (1839-1909)

    The watercolour by Mlle M. Dolley



  • Detail

    Porphyry, silver, gold, ivory, enamel and watercolour on ivory

    21 cm x 23 x 12 cm

    French (Paris), 1886-88

  • Marked

    Signed ‘Froment-Meurice’ (on lower right scroll of the side showing the ivory profile) and maker’s mark for P.-H. Emile Froment-Meurice (on the edge of the griffins’ wings, on the side showing Chantilly). The watercolour signed and dated: ‘Mlle M. Dolley 1888.Pinxit”. The ivory signed and dated ‘J C CHAPLAIN 1887’

  • Inscribed

    ‘AMICO / ERNESTO DENORMANDIE / IN MEMORIAM / VII. A. KAL. NOV. / MDCCCLXXXVI’ (in cartouche on reverse), with the monogram of Henri d’Orleans (below)

  • Provenance

    Gift of Prince Henri d’Orleans, Duc d’Aumale to Ernest Denormandie

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    This presse papier, displaying on the front the Bourbon-Condé arms, is one of four commissioned in 1886 by the Duc d’Aumale to commemorate his passing the Château de Chantilly to l’Institut de France. The inscription records the date of the handover, 25 October 1886. Denormandie, a politician and writer, was one ofthe four individuals who were instrumental in the transfer; the others were Enrico Limbourg, Eduardo Bocher and Edmundo Rousse. In 1888, a fifth presse papier was commissioned from Froment-Meurice; this is still to be seen in the Musée Condé at Chantilly.

    The watercolour of Chantilly, by the unrecorded Mlle Dolley, shows the castle and part of the park after the restoration, started by Félix Duban (1798-1870) and completed by Daumet. The ivory portrait of the Duc d’Aumale, by Chaplain, is also known as a cast medal (see L. Forrer, Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p.403).

    Full documentation for the presse papiers, including sketched designs, references to plaster maquettes and the names of other collaborators in the design and manufacturing process, are in the Archives du Musée Condé (Papiers Aumale).