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Louis XVI: Arrival at Paris

French
1789
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)


Mint: France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 53 mm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.838

Medium or Technique

Metal; copper alloy

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis XVI (1754-1793), king of France, commemorating his arrival at Paris on 6 October 1789. Pierced at top.

Obverse: Profile bust of Louis XVI looking to proper left, with long hair, gathered at back; inscribed at edge “LOUIS XVI ROI DES FRANÇAIS”, on bust “B·DUVIVIER F·”, and in exergue “VILLE DE PARIS”.

Reverse: King standing at center of platform being led by probably personification of Paris and followed by young son who is being led by a second personification while holding a hat at his side, before a large crowd and a building facade; inscribed at edge “J’Y FERAI DESORMAIS MA DEME[piercing]E HABITUEL[casting flaw]E”, at proper left “DUVIV”, and in exergue “ARRIVEE DU ROI A PARIS/LE 6·OCT·1789”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LOUIS XVI ROI DES FRANÇAIS", on bust "B·DUVIVIER F·", and in exergue "VILLE DE PARIS".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "J'Y FERAI DESORMAIS MA DEME[piercing]E HABITUEL[casting flaw]E", at proper left "DUVIV", and in exergue "ARRIVEE DU ROI A PARIS/LE 6·OCT·1789".

Provenance

By 1913, Henry H. Fay; 1913, gift of Henry H. Fay to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 1, 1913)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Fay