A gold royal double portrait presentation snuff box, Alexandre-Raoul Morel, Paris, 1838-1842
- A gold royal double portrait presentation snuff box, Alexandre-Raoul Morel, Paris, 1838-1842
- ivory, gold, leather (case)
- 9.2cm., 3 5/8 in. wide
Prince Ferdinand Philippe of Orléans (1810-1842) was the eldest son of Louis Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans. Following his father's succession as Louis-Philippe I, King of the French, in 1830, he became the Prince Royal and subsequently Duke of Orléans. He pursued a brilliant military career which gave him much prestige and popularity, devoting himself to the improvement of the troops' living conditions and morale. Ferdinand Philippe was a talented draughtsman and spent 100,000 to 150,000 francs from his Civil List allowance each year on cultural patronage or art purchases which were kept in his vast apartments in the Palais des Tuileries. He died in 1842, never to succeed his father or see the collapse of the July Monarchy and subsequent exile of his family to England.
Louis Marie Baptiste Atthalin, Baron Atthalin (1784-1856)) was a French Army officer, who distinguished himself in military actions during the Napoleonic campaigns in 1806-1807 and came to the attention of the Emperor who made him his aide de camp in 1811. He then joined Louis-Philippe d’Orléans in 1814 in the same role, and faithfully supported the Orléans family. In 1830, he was named Marechal de Camp and was sent to Russia officially to inform the Emperor Nicholas I of the new King. He was then promoted Lieutenant General, and progressively rose through the ranks of the Legion d'Honneur until he received the Grand Cross in 1846. The subsequent fall and exile of the Orléans family, however, left him stripped of his titles. He retired on 14 August 1848 and stayed away from politics for the remainder of his life.