French - Eagle Finial, Staff, Flag, Cravat, 1813-1814

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Eagle Finial, Staff, Flag, Cravat: Insignia of the First Regiment of Grenadiers of Foot of Napoleon's Imperial Guard, 1813-1814

Flag and cravat: Silk tabby, silk and gilt yarns, satin, gilt sequins, bosses, spiral wires / Finial: Gilded bronze , Cravat: 48 x 31 in. (121.9 x 78.7 cm)

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Object details

Accession number

T17s1.a-d

Primary Creator

French

Full title

Eagle Finial, Staff, Flag, Cravat: Insignia of the First Regiment of Grenadiers of Foot of Napoleon's Imperial Guard

Creation Date

1813-1814

Provenance



Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the art dealer Sypher and Company, New York on 9 November 1880 for $300.

Marks

Flag, embroidered in gold thread (obverse): GARDE / IMPERIALE / L'EMPEREUR / NAPOLÉON / AU 1er RÉGIMENT / DES GRENADIERS / À PIED
Embroidered in gold thread (reverse): MARINGO / ULM, / AUSTERLITZ, JÉNA / EYLAY, FRIEDLAND, / ECKMÜHL, ESSLING / WAGRAM, SMOLENSK / MOSKOWA / VIENNE, BERLIN / MADRID, MOSCOU
Eagle finial, number of regiment (base): 1

Dimensions

Cravat: 48 x 31 in. (121.9 x 78.7 cm)

Display Media

Flag and cravat: Silk tabby, silk and gilt yarns, satin, gilt sequins, bosses, spiral wires / Finial: Gilded bronze

Dimension Notes

Flag with fringe: 101.6 x 102.2 cm (40 x 40 1/4 in.) Cravat: 121.9 x 78.7 cm (48 x 31 in.) Eagle finial: 25.4 cm (10 in.) height

Web Commentary

Isabella Stewart Gardner kept meticulous records of many of her acquisitions. In keeping with this legacy, object information is continually being reviewed, updated, and enriched in order to give greater access to the collection.

Permanent Gallery Location

Short Gallery

Bibliography

Charles Pillet. Palais de San Donato, deuxième partie, Catalogue des objets d'ameublement du rez-de-chaussée,... (Paris, 12-22 April 1880), p. 27, lot 2190. (as an exact copy of the flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
Art Exhibition: Mrs. John L. Gardner, 152 Beacon St., Boston. Exh. cat. (Boston, 1899), p. 1, no. 5. (as the flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
O. Hollander. Nos drapeaux et étendards de 1812 à 1815 (Paris, 1902), pp. 22, 81-83, 103, 104, 201, 202.
Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 1. (as a flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 133. (as a flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 9, no. 42 (19 Jun. 1966), p. 2. (as a copy of the flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)
Général J. Regnault. Les aigles impériales et le drapeau tricolore 1804-15 (Paris, 1967), pp. 207, 208, figs. 36, 37.
Adolph S. Cavallo. Textiles: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1986), pp. 160-61, no. 117. (as the original or a copy of the flag of the first regiment of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon I)

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Commentary

Isabella Stewart Gardner kept meticulous records of many of her acquisitions. In keeping with this legacy, object information is continually being reviewed, updated, and enriched in order to give greater access to the collection.