Early nineteenth century ivory desk seal. L'Aiglon. c. 1825.

£445.00

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Early nineteenth century ivory desk seal. L'Aiglon. c. 1825.

This finely carved ivory desk seal is likely to have been produced in the Dieppe region of France in the early part of the nineteenth century. It depicts Napoleon II (1811-1832) who became known as L'Aiglon, the eaglet or little eagle. Altough he never ruled France, he was, for a brief time, titular Emperor of the French thus being known as Napoleon II. His nickname L'Aiglon was awarded posthumously and popularised by the Edmond Rostand play "L'Aiglon". This seal has an occupied matrix, though a plate with new initials may be attached inexpensively to allow contemporary use should this be desired.

This fine and historically important desk seal stands 6cm high and is 1.75cm at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, having good colour and patination and showing light wear appropriate to its age. It has no damage and no restoration.