Active in Paris (?), early 19th c.
Boot that Belonged to Napoleon I
50 x 28.5 x 8.5 cm
Ben Weider Collection, inv. 2008.407
Decorative Arts and Design
Historical souvenirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, together with handwritten or other documentation guaranteeing their provenance, are incredibly rare. Their symbolic power makes them highly prized by collectors.
The boot falls into the category of objects that have been authenticated. This riding boot for the right foot was made by Jacques, bootmaker to the Emperor. While in Venice, Napoleon gave it to the bootmaker Anselmo Ronchetti, one of the attendants at his disposal. It is a very rare item; the only known pair of his boots is conserved in Napoleon's house and museum located near Paris and known as Malmaison.