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Marriage of William III, Prince of Nassau-Orange, with Mary, Princess Royal of England

German or Netherlandish
1641
Artist Johann Blum (German, 1599–1662)


Dimensions

Diameter: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.584

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver-gilt

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal commemorating the marriage of William III of Orange (1626-50) and Princess Mary of England (1631-60).

Obverse: William standing at proper left and Mary standing at proper right holding each other’s hand before a cityscape, with a putti putting a crown on each of their heads and a dove and rays coming down from sky above; inscribed at proper right “Albionum genuit/Rex me Summusque/Monarcha Carolus,/et Sponsam me Tibet/esse Tuam”, at proper right “Princeps me Henricus/genuit fortissimus/Servos Nassouice, et/Sponsumme Tibet/esse huim”, below “J.Blum Fe”, and in exergue “Londini desponsati Wilhelm et maria/Ano 1641-12 mai”.

Reverse: Man in armor standing at proper right among spoils and woman standing at proper left each holding the same branch with two figures in background; inscribed above “Bellonam Princeps/Pallas Pedibus Terit, et pax Flor-/ret, et Alma Ceres Confert Sacro Alite/Frages” and in exergue “Noui Imperii Auspicio/Bono”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at proper right "Albionum genuit/Rex me Summusque/Monarcha Carolus,/et Sponsam me Tibet/esse Tuam", at proper right "Princeps me Henricus/genuit fortissimus/Servos Nassouice, et/Sponsumme Tibet/esse huim", below "J.Blum Fe", and in exergue "Londini desponsati Wilhelm et maria/Ano 1641-12 mai".

Reverse: Inscribed above "Bellonam Princeps/Pallas Pedibus Terit, et pax Flor-/ret, et Alma Ceres Confert Sacro Alite/Frages" and in exergue "Noui Imperii Auspicio/Bono".

Provenance

By 1968, Cyril Humphris, London; 1968, gift of Cyril Humphris to the MFA. (Accession date: September 11, 1968)

Credit Line

Gift of Cyril Humphris