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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1997.104
People
after Bertrand Andrieu, French (Bordeaux, France 1763 - 1822 Paris, France)
Title
Gold and enamel ring with profile of Napoléon Bonaparte on one side of the bezel, profile of the infant King of Rome on the other
Classification
Jewelry
Work Type
ring
Date
19th century
Culture
French
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/232633
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold and enamel
Provenance
Napoleon Bonaparte, Gift to Marshal Michel Ney.
Marshal Michel Ney, Gift from Napoleon Bonaparte, Gift to Dr. MacDonald, 1815. Given by Napoleon in appreciation of Marshal Ney's service in the French Army.
Dr. MacDonald, Gift from Marshal Michel Ney, 1815, Gift to Alexander Ogston. Given by Marshal Ney for Medical services rendered by Dr. MacDonald just before his (Marshal Ney's) execution in Luxembourg on December 7, 1815. Dr. MacDonald was a Lieutenant-Colonel and the private surgeon to the Duke of Wellington, and was with the Duke through the Peninsular Campaign and finally in the battles that resulted in the abdication of Napoleon as Emperor. Alexander Ogston was Dr. MacDonald's brother-in-law.
Alexander Ogston, Gift from Dr. MacDonald to Alexander Ogston, Gift to Christina Ogston. Alexander Ogston (1788-1860) was Alexander Ogston's brother-in-law; Christina Ogston was Alexander Ogston's daughter.
Christina Ogston, Gift from Alexander Ogston, her father, to her son, George Begg. Christina Ogston (1825-1908) emigrated from Scotland to Whitby, Ontario (Canada) in 1836, and was married January 21, 1858 to Mr. George Begg (1817-1904) also of Whitby, Ontario. The Beggs emigrated to the United States at Detroit, Michigan in 1858, and their son, George Ogston Begg (1859-1950) was born in Detroit September 2, 1859.
George O. Begg, From his mother, Christina Ogston, Gift to daughter, Margaret Louise Begg Tenny, 1932. Mr. George O. Begg gave the ring to his daughter Margaret Louise Begg Tenney (1898-1977) at Christmas, 1932.
Margaret Louise Begg Tenney, Gift from her father, 1932, Gift to her daughter at her death, 1977. Mrs. Tenney left the ring to her daughter, Margaret Begg Tenney Gunn (1923-1985)
Margaret Begg Tenney Gunn, From her mother, Margaret Tenney, at her death, 1977, To her son? Walter P. Gunn Jr., 1985.
Walter P. Jr. Gunn, From, 1985, Bequest to the Harvard University Art Museums, 1997.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Walter P. Gunn, Jr. Family
Accession Year
1997
Object Number
1997.104
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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