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Louis XV: Marriage of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

French
1770
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)


Mint: Paris, France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 41 mm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.100

Medium or Technique

Metal; probably silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal with bust of Louis XV (1710-1774), king of France, commemorating the marriage of his grandson Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (1770).

Obverse: Profile bust of Louis looking to proper left; inscribed at edge “LUD.XV.REX CHRISTIANISS.” and under bust “B DUVIVIER F”.

Reverse: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette joining hands over an altar; two figures in background; double-headed eagle at proper right and shield of France at proper left; inscribed at edge “SACRUM AETERNAE CONCORDIAE PIGNUS”, at proper left “DUV”, and in exergue “M.ANTONIA AUSTR./LUD.DELPHINO NUPTA/ MDCCLXX”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LUD.XV.REX CHRISTIANISS." and under bust "B DUVIVIER F".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "SACRUM AETERNAE CONCORDIAE PIGNUS", at proper left "DUV", and in exergue "M.ANTONIA AUSTR./LUD.DELPHINO NUPTA/ MDCCLXX".

Provenance

By 1917, J. B. How; 1917, bequest of J. B. How to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 18, 1917)

Credit Line

Bequest of J. B. How