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(C) RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Fontainebleau) / Gérard Blot
Technique/Matière : émaillé, or (métal)
Thaïlande (royaume de) (origine)
Napoleon III, the last sovereign to live at the Château de Fontainebleau (Palace of Fontainebleau), decided to carry out renovation work to modernise the palace. He created the Imperial Theatre in 1857, the Empress’ Chinese Museum and rooms (1863), the Study and the Lacquerware Room. In 1861, he decided to receive King Mongkut (Rama IV) of Siam’s ambassadors in the Palace ballroom, in order to strengthen diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Siam. Napoleon III had sent presents to the King, who in return lavished gifts on Napoleon. The Empress wanted to display these precious gifts in the Queen Mothers’ apartment at the time of the opening of the Chinese Museum (14 June 1863).