H.M. King Mongkut, King Rama IV, Bangkok, 1865. Portrait of the King taken outside the Aphinao Niwet Throne Hall within the Grand Palace on Monday, 6th October 1865. His Majesty is shown in a full frontal pose in the uniform of a French Field Marshall and wearing the sash of the Legion d’Honneur and star First Class, a decoration presented to him on behalf of Emperor Napoleon III by Admiral Bonard, Commander of the Fleet in Indochina, in the Ananta Samakom Throne Hall on 10th May 1863. On the table are various items of regalia in gold and enamel, namely an oval box adorned with gemstones upon a pedestal tray, a gold ewer on a pedestal tray, a spittoon and a woolen cap embroidered with gold thread in the French style. There is also a small telescope, perhaps in reference to the King’s interest in Western science and astronomy.