Exhibition album For the best and for the Empire
In the footsteps of Napoleon I - 16 x 21,5 cm

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Weight 325 g
Exhibition album, from September 17, 2021 to March 6, 2022 at the Monnaie de Paris108 pages, around 80 color illustrationsBilingual French / EnglishBrochéTexts by Béatrice Coullaré, exhibition curatorFrom the Germinal franc created by Bonaparte Fi...
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Exhibition album For the best and for the Empire In the footsteps of Napoleon I 16 x 21,5 cm


    • Exhibition album, from September 17, 2021 to March 6, 2022 at the Monnaie de Paris
    • 108 pages, around 80 color illustrations
    • Bilingual French / English
    • Broché
    • Texts by Béatrice Coullaré, exhibition curator

    From the Germinal franc created by Bonaparte First Consul in 1803 to the medals commemorating the return of the Emperor's mortal remains. From the construction of Napoleon's effigy to the Legion of Honour, including the Metallic History of Napoleon I produced by Dominique-Vivant Denon and his engravers. The catalogue of the exhibition In the Footsteps of Napoleon I at  Monnaie de Paris - For the Best and for the Empire (September 17, 2021 - March 6, 2022) traces the strong links between the institution and the Emperor of the French. 

    The subjects chosen by Napoleon and executed by the most distinguished engravers, ranging from the celebration of his military exploits to the representation of his profile, in the tradition of the coinage of the kings of France, show how he relied on coins and medals, effective vehicles of communication, to build his power and his glory. 

    Our craftman


      Our creations are enamelled using a rare technique known as grand feu enamelling. Another workshop sends the enameller a decoration, piece of jewellery or struck medal with hollow spaces on its surface. Using a dip pen, needle or brush, the enameller fills these hollows with enamel, which they have prepared themselves. The fixing of the variously coloured enamel powders is controlled by short, successive firings at 900 degrees.


      The medal minter transforms a blank into a medal, alternating between striking to bring out the relief and annealing to return the metal to a more malleable state. The blank is struck as many times as necessary, depending on the diameter, depth and detail of the engraving. Finally, surface treatments are applied to enhance the finished piece


      Trained at the best schools, they have the years of experience behind them necessary to master all aspects of the craft. Using industrial oil-based modelling clay and working from a design executed freehand or with CAD software, they skilfully fashion a low relief model in order to enhance the engraving and the way it catches the light. They work alternately with concave and convex plaster moulds until satisfied they have achieved the best 3D rendering of the design.


      The first minters began to ply their trade in France when striking with a hammer appeared in the 4th century BC. Nowdays, minsters use press instead of a hammer. Their knowledge of dies, engraving and metals, and their expertise - passed seamlessly down from one generation to the next for centuries - guarantees the excellence of their work.