As Carrie Johnson continues to be nicknamed ‘Carrie Antoinette,’ she could buy a Napoleonic bone model of a guillotine and shout out “Off with his head!” about her enemies instead of gyrating to Abba with her groupies in her Downing Street flat
Whilst the command “Off with his head!” or “Off with her head!” is most commonly associated with The Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Queen Margaret in Henry VI Part III, guillotines used to execute such a gruesome order were most commonly brought before the public for beheadings during the French Revolution after their introduction by Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin.
This deadly piece of capital punishment apparatus undoubtedly counts Marie Antoinette – currently trending online with Carrie Johnson getting constantly compared to her – as its most famous ‘sitter’ and remarkably it remained as the official method of execution in France until the death penalty was abolished in 1981.
Reflecting the ‘Carrie Antoinette’ nickname she’s gone and got herself stuck with, now, perhaps, the beleaguered Prime Minister’s wife could purchase a 19th century Napoleonic prisoner-of-war working model of a guillotine in an auction in London this week. She could even use it as a device to play a game of “off with his head!” whilst imagining the fate of those in Westminster who’ve caused her woes and maybe, indeed, it’d provide her, Josh Grimstone and Henry Newman with alternative entertainment to gyrating to Abba and chucking wine over those very expensive Lulu Lytle sofas.
Measuring 41 centimetres by 25.5 centimetres by 20 centimetres, the carved bone five tier platform connected by steps with a working guillotine to be offered was most likely made by a French prisoner-of-war during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars of 1793 to 1815. It truly is amazing to think that someone under such adversity was able to get this creative and that it has survived in such good condition is equally remarkable also.
Bonhams will sell the model on Tuesday 15th February at their Knightsbridge, London auction house’s ‘The Connoisseur’s Library Sale’ and have set an estimate of £6,000 to £9,000 ($8,100 to $12,200, €7,200 to €10,800 or درهم29,800, to درهم44,700). We’ll be sure to send a spy to the auction room to look out for the current Mrs Johnson.
Elsewhere previously at Christie’s in June 2013, a larger and more detailed Napoleonic prisoner-of-war bone model of a ‘Man-O-War’ ship measuring 89 centimetres by 69 centimetres sold for £40,000 ($54,200, €47,900 or درهم198,900) against an estimate of just £20,000 to £30,000 ($27,100 to $40,600, €23,900 to €35,900 or درهم99,400 to درهم149,200).
Alternative Names By Which Guillotines Were Known
- The Paper Trimmer.
- The Half-Moon.
- The Machine.
- The Regretful Climb.
- The National Razor.
- The Timers of Justice.
- The Silence Machine.
- The Widow.