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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

French
1737
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 42 mm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.129

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Obverse: Profile bust of Louis XVI at proper right and profile bust of Marie Antoinette at proper left, each looking at center; inscribed at edge and under bust of Marie.

Revserse: Standing female figure, wearing classical costume and holding two infants (possibly twins); inscribed at edge, at proper right, and in exergue.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LUD.XV[ ].REX.CHRISTIANISS.MARIA FR.ET NAV.REGINA." and under bust of Marie "DU VIVIER·F·".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "FECUNDITAS AUG.", at proper right "DU VIVIER·F·", and in exergue "GEMLLAE REGIAE/NATAE NIV.AUGUSTI/MDCCXXVII".

Provenance

1917, bequethed by John B. How to MFA. (Accession Date: January 18, 1917)

Credit Line

Bequest of J. B. How