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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

French
1782
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 51 mm (2 in.)

Accession Number

17.134

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis XVI (1754-1793), king of France, and Marie Antoinette.

Obverse: Two profile busts of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette looking to proper left; inscribed at edge “LUDOVICO XVI ET M.ANT.AUSTR.FR.ET NAV.REGI ET.REGINAE”, under busts “DU/VIVIER”, and in exergue “LUTETIA”.

Reverse: Standing king and queen at center flanked by a kneeling female at each side with gifts; inscribed at edge “SOLEMNIA DELPHINI NATALITIA” and in exergue “REGE ET REGINA URBES/INVESENTIBUS XXI JAN/MDCCLXXXII”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LUDOVICO XVI ET M.ANT.AUSTR.FR.ET NAV.REGI ET.REGINAE", under busts "DU/VIVIER", and in exergue "LUTETIA".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "SOLEMNIA DELPHINI NATALITIA" and in exergue "REGE ET REGINA URBES/INVESENTIBUS XXI JAN/MDCCLXXXII".

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