Napoleon's Waterloo chair expected to fetch #15k at auction

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London, Oct 16 (ANI): A small wooden chair on which French dictator Napoleon Bonaparte is believed to have sat before his army was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo is being auctioned off and is expected to rake in 15,000 pounds.

Napoleon is said to have rested on the unremarkable, small wooden seat in 1815 at Courcelles in Belgium, 22 miles from the battlefield.

He stayed at the home of a family and the daughter of the owner, Pauline Cambier, kept the chair carefully.

It comes with two letters of provenance, one from a friend of Cambier, stating how she had often told him about its history.

Featuring eight stretcher rungs, a rush seat and seven spindles, plus decorative features the chair is expected to fetch 15,000 pounds.

"Napoleon is worshipped almost like a god in France," the Telegraph quoted Richard Davie, of International Autograph Auctions, as saying.

"Napoleon memorabilia is hugely popular across Europe and that is reflected in the estimate put on this chair.

"It comes with two letters of provenance from the 1920s and it dates from the late 18th or early 19th century.

"It has some wear and a bit of woodworm but remains in good condition and it is quite small - just as Napoleon was," Davie added. (ANI)

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