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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette: Birth of the Dauphin

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


Mint: France

Dimensions

Diameter, depth, and weight: 73 x 6 mm (2 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

17.3176

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, commemorating the birth of the dauphin, Louis-Joseph-Xavier-François.

Obverse: Two overlapping busts looking to proper left; inscribed at edge “LUDOV XVI ET MAR.ANT.AUSTR.FR.ET NAV.REGI ET.REGINAE”, under bust “B. 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 DELPH.INI NATALITIA” and in exergue “REGE ET REGINA URBES/INVESENTIBUS XXI JAN/MDCCLXXXII”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LUDOV XVI ET MAR.ANT.AUSTR.FR.ET NAV.REGI ET.REGINAE", under bust "B. DU/VIVIER", and in exergue "LUTETIA".

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

Provenance

By 1917, John B. How; 1917, gift of the Estate of John B. How to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 17, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of John B. How