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Louis XVIII

French
1821
Artist Raymond Gayrard (French, 1777–1858)


Mint: France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 69 mm (2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.858

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis XVIII (1755-1824), king of France.

Obverse: Profile bust of Louis XVIII looking to proper left; inscribed at edge “LOUIS XVIII ROI DE FRANCE ET DE NAVARRE.” and under bust “GAYRARD.F. DE PUYMAURIN.D.”.

Reverse: Central dove above a crowned, kneeling woman in classical dress at proper left who has a standard with three fleur-de-lis behind, presenting a child who holds a torch over an orb and snake to a standing woman at proper left, holding a cross and pour water from a pitcher onto the child; inscribed at edge “FILS DE ST.LOUIS SOYEZ CHRETIEN”, abelow “GAYRARD INV” and in exergue “LES DEPUTATIONS DES BONNES VILLES/DE FRANCE/ASSISTANT AU BAPTEME/DU DUC DE BORDEAUX/1ER MAI 1821”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LOUIS XVIII ROI DE FRANCE ET DE NAVARRE." and under bust "GAYRARD.F. DE PUYMAURIN.D.".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "FILS DE ST.LOUIS SOYEZ CHRETIEN", below "GAYRARD INV", and in exergue "LES DEPUTATIONS DES BONNES VILLES/DE FRANCE/ASSISTANT AU BAPTEME/DU DUC DE BORDEAUX/1ER MAI 1821".

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