Trésors de la Fondation Napoléon – Dans l’intimité de la Cour impériale

  • "The Treasures of the Fondation Napoléon", Musée Jacquemart André, Paris 2004 © Fondation Napoléon
  • Special travelling case for plates from the Emperor’s "Headquarters" service © Fondation Napoléon
  • Weapons display at the exhibition "The Treasures of the Fondation Napoléon" © Fondation Napoléon


To celebrate the bicentenary of Napoleon’s coronation, the Musée Jacquemart-André displayed for more than seven months a selection of 200 works from a collection quite appropriately christened The Treasures of the Fondation Napoléon. In this sumptuous 19th century building, home to the masterpieces collected by Edouard André and Nélie Jacquemart, the Fondation’s treasures were exhibited in surroundings entirely in keeping with their nature, enhanced by elegant scenography which recalled the spirit of the First Empire. Comprising six distinct sections, the visitor was invited on a journey through the ages, from the splendour of the Imperial Court to the humble life of an emperor in exile. Not only did the exhibition highlighted the sumptuous lifestyle of the period and the incredible flourishing of the decorative arts, but it also presented the daily life of imperial society and demonstrated a more intimate approach to Napoleon.

Place: Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris
Date: 27 September 2004 – 3 April 2005 (extended to 24 April)
Curated by: Bernard Chevallier, Karine Huguenaud, Nicolas Sainte-Fare-Garnot
Scenography: Michel Albertini