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This site contains a wide ranging collection of antiques, some dating back thousands of years, others only 100 or so, but all in a single, privately-owned, uncatalogued collection. I am slowly adding more photos and descriptions as I build it and receive feedback.  The collection is primarily European, Asian and American, but the odd piece of African art pops up from time to time.

My goal is to add as much information about these items as possible and make them available to those interested in them from an historical perspective. This is not an auction site!

Check back periodically, as I will update and add to this site regularly.

Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain, painted by his nephew Count Louis de Castelvecchio while with his father, Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland and Count of St. Leu, September 15, 1846 in Florence, Italy

Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain, possibly copy of Robert Lefevre painting by Napoleon's nephew, Cmte, Louis de Castelvecchio. https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=castelvecchio%20bonaparte&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CC8QFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.angelfire.com%2Frealm%2Fgotha%2Fbonapartedescendants.html&ei=_B_9UcioFKmXiQefkIDYCw&usg=AFQjCNHkfi0yEX9b_9MoIT61hjdb-vmc5w&sig2=196EeANvovEtTu_MfWcyPw&bvm=bv.50165853,d.aGc

Tanagra Figurine. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/tafg/hd_tafg.htm

Chalcedony engraved stone seal, Greco-Persian see similar item at: http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/gems/danicourt/classical.htm

Pauline Bonaparte, copy of original Robert Lefevre painting by Napoleon's nephew, Cmte. Louis de Castelvecchio (and she is depicted a bit more modestly than in the original). http://www.napoleon.org/en/reading_room/biographies/files/lefevre.asp

Caroline Bonaparte Murat painted by Napoleon's nephew, Cmte. Louis de Castelvecchio based on an existing portrait

Whimsical Pencil Drawing Of Giraffe Given As A Gift By Egypt's Mohammed Ali to France's King Charles X, (causing great interest and excitement among Parisians). Drawing by Napoleon's nephew, Cmte. Louis de Castelvecchio. http://www.ceramopolis.com/?page_id=2274