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Napoléon III: Exposition Universelle, 1855

French
1855
Artist Albert-Désiré Barre (French, 1818–1878)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Diameter: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.964

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Napoléon III (1808-1873), president of France, for the Exposition Universelle of 1855. Stamped on edge. With original fitted green leather case, lined in green velvet and stamped “EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE 1855 MEDAILLE DE 2 ME CLASSE”.

Obverse: Profile bust of Napoléon III looking to proper left; inscribed under bust and at edge.

Reverse: Various flags and other ornament commemorating the Exposition Universelle of 1855; inscribed on central emblem.

Inscription

Inscribed on edge "CUIVRE".

Obverse: Inscribed under bust "ALBERT BARRE" and at edge "NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR".

Reverse: Inscribed on central emblem "EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE. AGRICULTURE. INDUSTRI. BEAUX ARTS." and "PARIS 1855".

Provenance

By 1993, David and Constance Yates (New York); 1993, gift of David and Constance Yates to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 1994)

Credit Line

Gift of David and Constance Yates