Louis Philippe I: Obelisk of Luxor

French
about 1850
Artist Jean Pierre Montagny (French, 1789–1862)


Mint: France

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.1 cm (2 in.)

Accession Number

1976.769

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis Philippe I (1773-1850), king of France, commemorating the bringing of the obelisk of Luxor to Paris.

Obverse: Profile bust of Louis Philippe looking to proper right, wearing laureate wreath; inscribed at edge “LOUIS PHILIPPE I ROI DES FRANCAIS” and under bust “MONTAGNY.F.”.

Reverse: Obelisk of Luxor at center; inscribed at edge “ABBATU A THÈBES LE 31 OCTOBRE 1831 TRANSPORTÉ A PARIS ET ÉRIGÉ SUR/LA PLACE DE LA CONCORDE 25 OCTOBRE 1836 SOUS LA DIRECTION DE L’INGR LEBAS”, across field “HAUTEUR 70 P…. 3…. 5L… POIDS 500 MILLIERS”, and in exergue “OBELISQUE DE LOUQSOR/—/”MONTAGNY”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LOUIS PHILIPPE I ROI DES FRANCAIS" and under bust "MONTAGNY.F.".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "ABBATU A THÈBES LE 31 OCTOBRE 1831 TRANSPORTÉ A PARIS ET ÉRIGÉ SUR/LA PLACE DE LA CONCORDE 25 OCTOBRE 1836 SOUS LA DIRECTION DE L'INGR LEBAS", across field "HAUTEUR 70 P.... 3.... 5L... POIDS 500 MILLIERS", and in exergue "OBELISQUE DE LOUQSOR/---/"MONTAGNY".

Provenance

By 1976, Michael Hall Fine Arts, New York; 1976, gift of Michael Hall to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 1976)

Credit Line

Gift of Michael Hall