Napoléon's Golden Bee
Inspired by the Bee motif embroidered on the canopy of Napoléon 1st's Throne, Jean-François Garneray (1755-1837): Napoléon 1er Empereur des Français
Roi d'Italie. c. 1805.
The Bee - symbol of immortality and resurrection, was considered the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France. It was chosen as the link between the new dynasty to the very origins of France. Napoleon's Coronation robe on left.
Enameled 24 karat gold-plate over pewter. Measures approximately 0.75" x 1.1".