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Very rare 19th Century embroidery featuring Napoleon II on his deathbed. Above him angels await his soul with a wreath of honor and to his side is a skull and his imperial robes. The images are hand embroidered in gold, white and grey though the faces of Napoleon, angels and skull are all printed and sewn in. The background seems to be blue watercolor on silk.

This would undoubtedly have been done by one of his many fans in France who expected him to eventually take the throne of France again (he was never actually Emperor).

To the back a previous owner has hand written a short biography in pencil under the title "Roy de Rome" the old French for "King of Rome", one of Napoleon II's given titles.

The embroidery looks intact although inevitably it has darkened over time. The black and brown wood frame and glass are clean and have some occasional scratches. The back has some stains. The embroidery itself has been re-sealed at the back at some point with brown tape and is a little loose. There is a loop attached to the back for wall hanging but this has not been placed centrally.

Measures 38 x18.5cm/ 15x11.2"

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Napoleon II on his deathbed embroidery. Victorian artwork. Memento mori with sku

SKU: Default 419
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