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Napoléon: Column of the Grand Army

French
about 1805–10
Design attributed to Jean-Baptiste Lepère (French, 1761–1844), Artist Jean Pierre Montagny (French, 1789–1862)


Mint: Paris, France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 42 mm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.806

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

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Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Napoléon (1769-1821), emperor of France, commemorating the construction of the column erected to the Grand Army (1805).

Obverse: Profile bust of Napoléon looking to proper left with flags behind; inscribed above “NAPOLEON LE GRAND”, below “MONTAGNY FECIT”, and in exergue “GLOIRE A L’ARMEE FRANÇAISE”.

Reverse: Column at center flanked by a building on each side; inscribed above “A L’ARMEE FRANÇAISE”, below “MONTAGNY FECIT···”, and in exergue “CAMPAGNE DE/MDCCCV”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed above "NAPOLEON LE GRAND", below "MONTAGNY FECIT", and in exergue "GLOIRE A L'ARMEE FRANÇAISE".

Reverse: Inscribed above "A L'ARMEE FRANÇAISE", below "MONTAGNY FECIT···", and in exergue "CAMPAGNE DE/MDCCCV".

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