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Napoleon’s Teapoy

Teapoy

...one the items of furniture made by Bullock for Napoleon’s use.

Following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled to St. Helena in 1815. The Prince Regent directed that Napoleon should be treated with respect while in exile and to comply with his wishes a London cabinet maker, George Bullock, was commissioned to furnish the building on St Helena occupied by Napoleon, Longwood House.

The teapoy is believed to be one the items of furniture made by Bullock for Napoleon’s use. A teapoy is a piece of furniture used for storing and serving tea. They were popular during the 18th and 19th centuries when drinking tea was fashionable.

Napoleon remained at Longwood House from 1815 until his death on 5 May 1821. Following his death Napoleon’s items were dispersed among those who had guarded him. 

Quick Facts

  •  Made in London
  • Made by George Bullock, cabinet maker
  • Made about 1815
  • Made for Napoleon
  • Made of rosewood, ebony and boxwood stringing, soft metal canister
  • Dimensions Height 750 mm, Width 480mm, Depth 360mm
  • Accession number WINGJ:/2009.5424

 


Facts

  • The teapoy was donated to the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum in 2000 by the Costello family. Sergeant Edward Costello served with 1st 95th Rifles during the Peninsula War. He later became a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London. It was Sergeant Costello’s brother-in-law who sent the teapoy back to him after Napoleon’s death.

Did you know?

The name teapoy actually derives from a Hindi/Persian term for “three-footed” and not from the furniture’s purpose. Early teapoys were constructed with three legs.

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Teapoy

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