Imperial Crown China Austria 1900's Hand Painted "Napoleon 1st Coronation of Josephine" 8-3/8" Scenic Plate by "David"
Beautiful vintage detail Imperial Crown China Austria hand painted Scenic Plate.
The attractive Austria hand painted Scenic Plate, which measures 8-3/8" wide, has been wonderfully decorated showing "Napoleon 1st Coronation of Josephine" set against a heavy gilded gold border and a Royal Blue background with heavy gold leafing and feathering with additional gilded gold on the outer rim. The December, 1804 Scene was a continuation of Napoleon, himself, being coronated and anointed by the archbishop of Reims in the Cathedral Nortre-Dame de Reims in the presence of Pope Pius VII.
In the scene, besides Napoleon, Josephine, the Arch-Bishop, and Pope Pius VII were Napoleons brothers and sister to the far left, while to the far right were four more important Church dignitaries.
Before entering Notre Dame, Napoleon was vested in a long white satin tunic embroidered in gold thread and Josephine similarly wore a white satin empire style dress embroidered in gold thread. During the coronation he was formally clothed in a heavy coronation mantle, made from crimson velvet and lined with ermine; the velvet was covered with embroidered golden bees, drawn from the golden bees among the regalia that had been discovered in the Merovingian tomb of Childeric I, a symbol that looked beyond the Bourbon past and linked the new dynasty with the ancient Merovingians; the bee replaced the fleur-de-lis on imperial tapestries and garments. The mantle weighed at least eighty pounds and was supported by four dignitaries. Josephine was at the same time formally clothed in a similar crimson velvet mantle embroidered with bees in gold thread and lined with ermine, which was borne by Napoleon's three sisters. There were two orchestras with four choruses, numerous military bands playing heroic marches, and over three hundred musicians.:302 A 400-voice choir performed Paisiello's "Mass" and "Te Deum". Because the traditional royal crown had been destroyed during the French Revolution, the so-called Crown of Napoleon, made to look medieval and called the "crown of Charlemagne" for the occasion, was waiting on the altar. While the crown was new, the sceptre was reputed to have belonged to Charles V and the sword to Philip III.
The beautiful Austria Plate showing "Napoleon 1st Coronation of Josephine" is in excellent condition and totally free of chips, cracks, or other damage with the gold being near pristine.
The outstanding Hand Painted "Napoleon 1st Coronation of Josephine" 8-3/8" Scenic Plate displays in French script on the backside; "Napoleon 1er couronnant Josephine", as well as Imperial Crown over N. Though the Plate has been signed David, the original artist who was Jacques Louis David lived in the early 1800's and was in fact commissioned by Napoleon I to paint a huge canvas which depicts the splendor of the emperor’s Coronation and another showing the coronation of Josephine.
The attractive vintage Plate shows and displays exceptionally well and is a perfect piece for the serious Napoleon collector.
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NOTE: All Photos were shot outside in Natural Lighting in several different setting....some photo in sunlight to capture the heavy gold gilding of the beautiful Plate.
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