Napoleon Bonaparte majolica character jug produced by Longchamp circa 1912. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence at the end of the French Revolution. He was Emperor of France from 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815. He led France in the Napoleonic Wars seizing control of most of Europe before being defeated at the Battle of Waterloo and exiled to the island of Saint Helena. This Napoleon character jug was redesign as a bank. Photo of Longchamp catalogue page courtesy of Maryse Bottero.