Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
The Treasure of Saint Denis
Crown of St. Louis
Adapted from Félibien, Plate III, Item
Watercolor of Gaignières
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale
Est. Oa 9
Crown of St. Louis. It is made of gold and decorated
with very many precious stones, among which is a ruby which is worth a
great price. In this ruby is enclosed a spine from the Crown of Thorns
of Our Lord.
Félibien, pages 541. Translated by Jane Vadnal.
- Crown taken to the Mint in 1793 and melted down in April, 1794.
- In 1987, H. Schubnel identified the emerald affixed over the central
"ruby" as the same one now found in the Paris Museum of Natural
History. However, this identification remains hypothetical-many scholars
say there is not enough evidence to confirm it.
Félibien, page 541.
Gabriot-Chopin (1987), pp. 95-8.
Louvre, no. 48, pp. 239-41.
Last updated by:JV Date:
November 28, 2006