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Ciborium for the Coronation of Napoleon I

Artist:
Charles Percier (French, Paris 1764–1838 Paris)
Date:
1804
Medium:
Graphite, pen and brown ink, gray and reddish-brown wash
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 1/2 × 7 3/8 in. (26.7 × 18.7 cm)
Classifications:
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Van Day Truex Fund, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.544.1
Not on view
Ciborium from a set of two design drawings for a communion service consisting of a ciborium and a cup. The foot and base of the two designs are the identical in their structure and decoration. The metal work is covered all over with decorations typical for the Empire period. Characteristic is the Imperial eagle which is depicted between palmettes on the node. The ciborium has a wide, covered cuppa. The lid is crowned by the symbol of a cross on a globe. Along the edge of the cuppa is a frieze with cherubs, interrupted in the center by a roundel with the IHS mark. Below is another frieze carrying the inscription: ‘SALVTARIS HOSTIA QUAE COELI (…)’.
Signature: both signed "Charles PERCIER"

Inscription: "CIBOIRE ET CALICE composés et dessinés par Charles PERCIER / pour la cérémonie du Sacre de NAPOLEON Ier"
Christie's, New York, 31 January 2013, lot 142; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," June 23, 2015–September 28, 2015.

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