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Molière: Completion of Molière Fountain

French
1844
Artist Francois-Augustin Caunois (French, 1787–1859)


Mint: France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 57 mm (2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.816

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière (1622-1673), commemorating the completion of a fountain in his memory by Louis-Tullius-Joachim Visconti (1841-1843). Inscribed on edge “CUIVRE”.

Obverse: Profile bust of Molière looking to proper right, wearing a cap; inscribed at edge “MOLIERE 1622-1673.” and under bust “CAUNOIS SCULP.”.

Reverse: Monument at center with inscription; inscribed at edge “INAUGURÉ EN 1844 SOUSCRIPTON. NATIONLE.”, on monument “A/MOLIERE/—/1622/1673”, at proper left “CAUNOIS/SCULP.”, and at proper right “VISCONTI/ARCH”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "MOLIERE 1622-1673." and under bust "CAUNOIS SCULP.".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "INAUGURÉ EN 1844 SOUSCRIPTON. NATIONLE.", on monument "A/MOLIERE/---/1622/1673", at proper left "CAUNOIS/SCULP.", and at proper right "VISCONTI/ARCH".

Markings

Stamped on edge "CUIVRE".

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