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Napoléon: Arc de Triomphe

French
1806
Artist Jean-Pierre Droz (French, 1746–1823), Artist Nicolas-Guy-Antoine Brenet (French, 1770–1846)


Mint: France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 41 mm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.846

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze, with light patina

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Napoléon (1769-1821), emperor of France, commemorating the commissioning of the Arc de Triomphe. From the “Histoire métallique de Napoléon le Grand prepare par la class d’histoire et de literature ancienne de l’Institut Impérial”.

Obverse: Profile bust of Napoléon looking to proper left wearing laureate wreath; inscribed at edge “NAPOLEON EMP.ET ROI·”, on shoulder “DROZ FECIT”, and under bust “DENON DIREXI/MDCCCVI”.

Reverse: Arc de Triomphe at center; inscribed below “BRENET F. FONTAINE ARC. DENON D.” and in exergue “AUX ARMEES/MDCCCVI.”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "NAPOLEON EMP.ET ROI·", on shoulder "DROZ FECIT", and under bust "DENON DIREXI/MDCCCVI".

Reverse: Inscribed below "BRENET F. FONTAINE ARC. DENON D." and in exergue "AUX ARMEES/MDCCCVI.".

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