At her death in 1825, the Princess bequeathed
her wonderful travelling service by Napoleon’s official goldsmith,
Martin-Guillaume Biennais, to the duke 'as a mark of my friendship'.
Tactfully, she also left two Sèvres vases to the Duchess of Hamilton
and a ring set with opals to their daughter, Lady Susan Hamilton.
Significantly, the Princess made her bequest to the duke at the
beginning of her will, among the bequests to her relatives. The
gifts to her other British admirers and supporters -the Duke of
Devonshire, Lord Gower and Lord Holland -come much later.
The 10th Duke of Hamilton collected the travelling
service during his visit to Italy in 1827, and subsequently took
it to the Parisian goldsmith Charles Cahier to check that all the
pieces listed in an Italian inventory were present or accounted
for. It was acquired by the National Museums of Scotland in 1986,
with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the National
Art Collections Fund.