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
1920s Merthur AU
Mob boss Uther Pendragon runs the city of Camelot and is so determined to shut down sinful jazz bar and speakeasy The Magic Room that he sends his playboy son undercover to destroy it. Little does Arthur realise that he’ll soon fall for the music, the people and especially the club owner, the elusive Merlin Emrys.