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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

French
1781
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.102

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis XVI (1754-1793), king of France, and Marie Antoinette (1755-1793).

Obverse: Two profile busts of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette looking to proper right; inscribed at edge “LOUIS XVI·ROI DE FRANCE·ET NAV·ET MAR·ANT·J·J·D’AUSTRICHE REINE” and under bust “B·DUVIVIER”.

Reverse: Seated woman (France) at center with french shield at feet and holding a baby in her arms; inscribed at edge “FELICITAS PUBLICA” and in exergue “NATALES DELPHINI/DIE XXII OCTOBRIS/MDCCLXXXI”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LOUIS XVI·ROI DE FRANCE·ET NAV·ET MAR·ANT·J·J·D'AUSTRICHE REINE" and under bust "B·DUVIVIER".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "FELICITAS PUBLICA" and in exergue "NATALES DELPHINI/DIE XXII OCTOBRIS/MDCCLXXXI".

Provenance

By 1917, J. B. How; 1917, bequest of J. B. How to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 18, 1917)

Credit Line

Bequest of J. B. How