Frederick II: Victory near Prague during Seven Years' War

Dutch
1757
Artist Johan George Holtzhey (German, 1726–1808)


Object Place: Netherlands

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2005.1175

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Frederick II (1717-1786), king of Prussia, commemorating his victory near Prague (1757) during The Seven Years’ War.

Obverse: Profile bust of Frederick looking to proper left, wearing armor; inscribed at edge “FRIDERICVS MAGN·D·G·REX BORVSS EL·BRAND·DVX SILES ET”.

Reverse: Winged, female personification at center with lightning bolts extending from her right hand over kneeling female (Empress Maria Theresa) at proper right; spolia with inscriptions at proper left (shield too worn to read); inscribed at edge “FAMA·PRUDENTIA·VIRTVTE”, on spolia “ABLISI” and “MOLDA”, and in exergue “AVSTREXERC·PROPE·PRAG·TVNDIT/CAESO ET PRAGA·OBSESSA·/VI·MAJI·MDCCLVII”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "FRIDERICVS MAGN·D·G·REX BORVSS EL·BRAND·DVX SILES ET".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "FAMA·PRUDENTIA·VIRTVTE", on spolia "ABLISI" and "MOLDA", and in exergue "AVSTREXERC·PROPE·PRAG·TVNDIT/CAESO ET PRAGA·OBSESSA·/VI·MAJI·MDCCLVII".

Provenance

1990, Collectors' Auctions, Ltd., Danbury, CT; September 8, 1990, Collectors' Auctions sale, lot 2598, to Cornelius C. Vermeule, III; 2005, gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006)

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III