The Coronation of Napoleon is one of the very rare large art puzzles that the company MB manufactured in the 80’s. They are all very difficult to find, particularly in new condition. More than 30 years later, they are part of the wish list of many collectors around the world.
This puzzle represents the painting The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon, by Jacques-Louis David. The complete title is The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804. However, most people know this masterpiece simply as The Coronation of Napoleon. The original painting is in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
MB published this puzzle in 1987 and, together with the 6000 pieces version of The Intervention of the Sabine Women, also by Jacques-Louis David, it is the rarest large jigsaw puzzle by MB.
The puzzle is like NEW, with all the pieces SEALED inside the original plastic bag. The box in good condition, but with some shelf wear. There is also a tear in one of the corners of the lid, and a tear in the bottom part.
It measures 157.5 x 107 cm. The reference number is 3150-22.
Most jigsaw puzzle manufacturers have used this painting to produce at least one version of the puzzle. The most important ones are the 6000 version by Educa, and the 4000 version by Nathan. There is, however, another large very rare 3000 version by Schmidt, which is not very well known. Needless to say, there are many other smaller versions, like the 2000 version by MB, or several 1500 versions by Falcon, Ravensburger, or Clementoni. That makes this painting one of the most popular images used to manufacture puzzles, together with some masterpieces by impressionist artists, like Le Moulin de la Galette and, of course, the ubiquitous Neuschwanstein Castle.