Painted to each side with a landscape scene of Napoleon's tomb on the island of St Helena, flanked by opposing dragons either side, the tips of the sticks painted with opposing dragons contesting flaming pearls amongst stylised cloud scrolls.
Napoleon died on St Helena on 5th May 1821. In his will Napoleon asked to be buried on the banks of the Seine but the British Governor, Hudson Lowe insisted he should be buried on St Helena in the Valley of the Willows. Napoleon's body remained there until 1840 when it was collected by Prince de Joinville and was returned to France and re-buried in Paris.
Provenance: English private collection