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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette: Birth of Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte

French
1778
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)


Mint: Paris, France

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

17.132

Medium or Technique

Metal

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis XVI (1754-1793), king of France, and Marie Antoinette, commemorating the birth of Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte (1778), their first child.

Obverse: Two profile busts of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, overlapping, looking to proper right; inscribed at edge “LUD·XVI·REX CHRISTIANISS:MAR·ANT·AUSTR·REGINA” and under busts “DUVIVIER”.

Reverse: Seated female personification (probably France), holding a baby at proper left; inscribed at edge “FOECUNDITATIS AUGUSTAE PIGNUS ET OMEN”, at proper right “B. DU VIV”, and in exergue “NATAL·MARIAE THER·CAR·/REGIS PRIMOG·/XIX·DEC·/MDCC LXXVIII.”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LUD·XVI·REX CHRISTIANISS:MAR·ANT·AUSTR·REGINA" and under busts "DUVIVIER".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "FOECUNDITATIS AUGUSTAE PIGNUS ET OMEN", at proper right "B. DU VIV", and in exergue "NATAL·MARIAE THER·CAR·/REGIS PRIMOG·/XIX·DEC·/MDCC LXXVIII.".

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