When his son was born, Napoleon bestowed upon the infant only one gift: a Cire Trudon candle. Granted, it was encrusted with three bands of gold, but that tells you plenty about the company’s reputation as the oldest and most prestigious wax manufacturer in the world. (Latter-day fans include Sofia Coppola, who lit plenty of Cire Trudon candles while filming Marie Antoinette in Versailles.) Stage your own revolution with wax busts of the aforementioned cake-eating advocate, Monsieur Bonaparte and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s slave, amongst others. Meant to be collected or burned, each looks looks equally hot on a Saarinen table or a Steinway baby grand. $125 to $175, through Carl Moore Antiques, Chateau Domingue, Kuhl-Linscomb, Longoria Collection.
IMAGE: Cire Trudon