Bronze bust of Napoleon as Emperor of France sitting atop a gilt bronze column mounted with a Réaumur thermometer with engraved calibrations. Mounted on a white marble square base. France, c.1815
The Réaumur scale was named after Rene-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur who created it in 1731. Widely used in France during the 18th and early 19th Century it was eventually superseded by more accurate mercury thermometers, but it continued to be widely used in brewing and cheese production.
10 ¾” tall x 3” square base