A very rare sword in solid gold and lapis lazuli created by Biennais, Napoleon the 1st’s personal craftsman, for the Duke of San Carlos, will be put to auction – starting at 100,000 euros – by Rouillac, on Sunday June 7th, 2015, at the Castle of Artigny, in Touraine (France). “San Carlos was the richest man of Peru at his time and served as well as a diplomat under the orders of Ferdinand VII, King of Spain. He received this sword in 1815”, tells us auctioneer Aymeric Rouillac, who goes on to say: “in some fashion, the sword served as a reward for his work, given the fact that he had helped the Bourbons recover their Spanish throne after the Napoleonic invasion”. Goya, the Spanish painter, portrayed the Duke with his sword on a great painting that shall be exposed this autumn at the National Gallery of London. The sword is signed by Martin Guillaume Biennais, who was, at his

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