Biennais candy dish
The Emperor's canteen
This outstanding set is the exact replica of a piece by Martin-Guillaume Biennais, silversmith to the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte. The circular, flat-bottomed candy dish with four equally sized divisions arranged around a central section was used as a “lunch tray” on the battle fields by the famous French military and political leader. The original piece was eventually offered by Bonaparte to one of his closest marshal, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who eventually became king of Sweden and Norway in 1818.