Jacket owned by the Marquis de Beauharnais. First Empire.
This magnificent embroidered jacket belonged to Marquis François de Beauharnais (1756–1846), older brother of Alexander de Beauharnais, Josephine’s first husband. He left the country during the French Revolution but returned to Paris in 1802. After a first diplomatic post with the queen regent of Etruria, from 1806 to 1808, he was appointed ambassador to Spain by Napoleon. This garment is an example of the “French-style jacket”, reminiscent of the court of Versailles, that men were required to wear by First Empire etiquette. — Château de Malmaison: Costume Collection