Napoléon's Golden Bee Inspired by the Bee motif embroidered on the canopy of Napoléon 1st's Throne, Jean-François Garneray (1755-1837): Napoléon 1er Empereur des Français, Roi d'Italie. c. 1805. The Bee - symbol of immortality and resurrection, was considered the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France. It was chosen as the link between the new dynasty to the very origins of France. 24 Karat gold-plate over pewter.