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Jacques, bottier

Boot that Belonged to Napoleon I

Artist

Jacques, bottier
Active in Paris (?), early 19th c.

Title

Boot that Belonged to Napoleon I

Date

About 1807

Materials

Leather, fabric

Dimensions

50 x 28.5 x 8.5 cm

Credits

Ben Weider Collection, inv. 2008.407

Collection

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.

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