Thursday, 26 July 2012

France 44

We are almost done with our round the world trip and we stop now in France (44 on the map) to visit its many crowns on display.

France/Paris/Louvre Palace Museum (Permanent Display 4crowns)

Crown of Louis XV 1722

This is the last royal crown of France. Made for the coronation of King Louis XV. It once was set with the Regent diamond in the front Fleur’de’lis above the circular band and with the Sancy diamond in the extreme top of the Fleur’de’lis on the apex of the arches. The crown was emptied of its valuable stones during the revolution and the Regent was set in Napoleon’s sword hilt. The original crown is now set with imitation stones for display purposes. The Regent and Sancy however are also on display separately, as part of the permanent exhibit in the Louvre.

Crown of Napoleon 1804

This golden crown was made for the coronation of Napoleon. Made to emulate the classic Roman style which exemplified the Napoleonic age, it was never actually used during the ceremony or otherwise. Instead the Emperor opted for a modest solid gold laurel wreath as can be seen in many portraits

Relic Crown of St. Louis

This crown is of ancient medieval origin and is said to contain a piece of the true cross of Christ, imbuing it with reliquary status. Called the Crown of St. Louis, it’s made of gold and silver and set with precious stones.

Crown of Empress Eugenie 1855

This small crown, worn on top of the head, rather than around, is made of gold and set with diamonds and emeralds. The classic style is again evident, especially in the use of the eagle as motif

France/Paris/Chaumet Place Vendome (Permanent Display 1coronet)

Crown of Empress Marie Louise (replica)

Originally this crown was made by Chaumet Paris from gold with silver mountings and set with rubies and diamonds. Sadly now it is merely a silver replica set with garnets and white sapphires.

France/Paris/Basilique St Denis (Permanent Display 2funerary crowns)

Crown of Charles X

Crown of Marie Therese of Savoy

France/Paris/Musee d l’Armees (Permanent Display of 1symbolic crown)

Crown of Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar

After the Madagascsar people ousted their monarchy, the last Queen lived out her days in exile. This, largely symbolic crown remained with her until her death and then found its way into the historic collection in the Musee d lÁrmees.

France/Dijon/Musee des Beaux Arts (Permanent Display of 1funerary crown)

Funerary Crown of Philip the Bold of Burgundy
France/Bruges/Brotherhood of the Blood (Permanent Display of 1funerary crown)

Funerary Crown of Mary of Burgundy

France/Tourtoirac/Museum of the Kings of Araucania (Permanent Display 1crown)
  Crown of Araucania Patagonia

France/Lyon/Museum of Natural History (Permanent Display 1crown)
Crown of Charles V (replica)

France/Amiens/Cathedral Museum (Permanent Display 1 Crown)

14th Century Crown

France/Location unknown (Not Displayed 1crown)

Crown of the Dauphin

This Crown is known to exist although its owner remains anonymous and it wherabouts are unknown.

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  1. Your are wrong for the crowns your name crown of Charles X and crown of Marie Therese of Savoy.

    Crown of your name Charles X, was made for the funeral of king Louis XVIII and was placed on its coffin. King Louis Philip Ist was portrayed with this crown...

    Same for the crown of Marie Therese, made for the funeral of Marie Antoinette.

    In fact all the elements of the display case was made for the catafalque of Louis XVIII, same for the mantle with 370 fleur de lys, not blue, but pourpre, color of morning.

    and there are another crow for madagascar, more beautiful.

    i'm french sorry for the bad english, but really good blog, i see crown never see before.

    1. Bon Jour Madame. Merci pour votre couronne exposition. Hi, my french is probably worse than your English. Thank you so much for your input on my blog. I really appreciate all the information even and especially if it corrects a mistake. I use the sources i have at my disposal and often internet sites and even books don't get all the facts straight. I am glad you appreciate the blog as a whole as I have tried to list as many crowns as I could find from all over the world. I do believe the topic is exhaustive and that I am very close to having the list complete.

  2. Hello, These crowns are really interesting. I never knew there was so much variety, and a number of them are very attractive. My favorites here are the 14th Century Crown, and the Crown of Charles X with the medallions.
    --Road to Parnassus

    1. Thank you for viewing my blog. I am glad you enjoyed it. It was my labour of love to attempt a catalogue of all the official crowns in the world and also found the ammount shocking.