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A Saber for Prince Joachim Murat, Grand Admiral of the Empire

Published on , by Philippe Dufour
Auction on 30 May 2024 - 18:00 (CEST) - Salle 9 - Hôtel Drouot - 75009

A dazzling saber by armorer Boutet once hailed from Prince Joachim Murat's coveted weapons collection.

First Empire, c. 1805, battle saber, Nicolas Boutet (1761-1833) and the Manufacture... A Saber for Prince Joachim Murat, Grand Admiral of the Empire

First Empire, c. 1805, battle saber, Nicolas Boutet (1761-1833) and the Manufacture de Versailles, signed, total length: 93.5 cm/36.81 in. Estimate: €500,000/800,000

While the First Empire abounded in prestigious weapons, few were as lavish as this gold-trimmed steel saber featuring complex sculptural motifs made for Joachim Murat, one of the Napoleonic era’s most flamboyant figures. The weapon had to be all the more spectacular as it marked the promotion of a man who was already Marshal of the Empire to the rank of Grand Admiral by Napoleon in 1805. A Gold and Steel Saber To savor the abundant decoration, each detail must be carefully pored over, starting with the top of the blued and gilded steel mount. The hilt is divided into two branches, the main one shaped like a palm trunk surmounted by a capital featuring the head of Mars. The other has a rolled up palm leaf…
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