Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette: Marriage
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)
Object Place: Europe, France
Diameter and weight: 41 mm (1 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Circular medal of Louis XVI (1754-1793), king of France, and Marie Antoinette, commemorating their marriage (1770).
Obverse: Two profile busts of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette looking to center; inscribed at edge “LUD·AUG·DELPHINI·ET M·ANT·JOS·II·IMP SORORIS CONNUB.”, under busts “DU VIV”, and in exergue “DIE XVI MAII/MDCC LXV”.
Reverse: Four people gathered at pedestal with two-headed eagle at proper right and shield at proper left; inscribed at edge “SACRUM AETERNAE CONCORDIAE PIGNUS”, at proper left “DUV”, and in exergue “M.ANTONIA AUSTR./LUD.DELPHINO NUPTA/MDCCLXX”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LUD·AUG·DELPHINI·ET M·ANT·JOS·II·IMP SORORIS CONNUB.", under busts "DU VIV", and in exergue "DIE XVI MAII/MDCC LXV".
Reverse: Inscribed at edge "SACRUM AETERNAE CONCORDIAE PIGNUS", at proper left "DUV", and in exergue "M.ANTONIA AUSTR./LUD.DELPHINO NUPTA/MDCCLXX".
By 1917, J. B. How; 1917, bequest of J. B. How to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 18, 1917)
Bequest of J. B. How