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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette: Birth of the Dauphin

French
1781
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)


Mint: Paris, France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 46 mm (1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.131

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 (1781).

Obverse: Two profile busts of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette looking to proper right; inscribed at edge “LOUIS XVI·ROI DE FRANCE·ET NAV·ET MAR·ANT·J·J·D’AUSTRICHE REINE” and under bust “B·DUVIVIER”.

Reverse: Emblem at center; inscribed at outer band “MARIAGE DE DOUZE FILLES DOTEES PAR LES ETATS DE BOURGOGNE” and at inner band “A LA NAISSANCE DE M LE DAUPHIN 1781”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LOUIS XVI·ROI DE FRANCE·ET NAV·ET MAR·ANT·J·J·D'AUSTRICHE REINE" and under bust "B·DUVIVIER".

Reverse: Inscribed at outer band "MARIAGE DE DOUZE FILLES DOTEES PAR LES ETATS DE BOURGOGNE" and at inner band "A LA NAISSANCE DE M LE DAUPHIN 1781".

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