Tuesday November 24, 2020

Napoleon's knick-knacks

Provenance is the gold dust which can turn the most mundane article into an object of desire.

18th June, 2005

Provenance is the gold dust which can turn the most mundane article into an object of desire. Had paperclips been invented a little bit earlier, any known to have been used by Napoleon Bonaparte would no doubt fetch silly prices at auction.

Major items owned or used by Bonaparte are beyond the reach of all but serious collectors. However, there remains a good deal of affordable minor items, such as a number of lots due...

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