Prague, Czech Republic – The museum in Turnov, in the north of the Czech Republic, will start displaying an exact replica of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation crown from Thursday, the Czech News Agency (CTK) reported.
Created by famous Czech jeweler Jiri Urban in collaboration with Eva Mrakotova Viskova at the request of a private collector, the 23cm high and 19cm wide copy of the crown will be on display in the museum’s jewelery shop until February 6. .
Jiri Urban worked for about a year and a half on the replica, which he says is one of the most difficult jobs he has ever undertaken. He mainly used photographs of the original, as well as previously made copies, to create the new replica.
The famous Czech jeweler had previously created replicas of the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as a copy of the crown of St. Wenceslas for Charles Habsburg, grandson of the last Austrian emperor and former king of Bohemia Charles I.
Natural materials were used to imitate the 40 ancient stone carvings adorning Napoleon’s imperial crown.
The original is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned the crown, a loose imitation of Charlemagne’s crown which was destroyed during the French Revolution, for his coronation as French Emperor held in Notre-Dame Cathedral on December 2, 1804.
In the famously unconventional ceremony depicted by Jacques-Louis David in his painting Le Sacre de Napoléon, the French emperor first placed a golden laurel wreath – a reference to Roman emperors – on his head, before briefly wearing the crown himself and crowning Empress Josephine.
Most of the French crown jewels were sold by the French National Assembly in the 1880s, but Napoleon’s coronation crown was one of the few that survived.