Louis XVI: Arrival at Paris
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)
Diameter and weight: 53 mm (2 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Metal; copper alloy
Not On View
Circular medal of Louis XVI (1754-1793), king of France, commemorating his arrival at Paris on 6 October 1789. Pierced at top.
Obverse: Profile bust of Louis XVI looking to proper left, with long hair, gathered at back; inscribed at edge “LOUIS XVI ROI DES FRANÇAIS”, on bust “B·DUVIVIER F·”, and in exergue “VILLE DE PARIS”.
Reverse: King standing at center of platform being led by probably personification of Paris and followed by young son who is being led by a second personification while holding a hat at his side, before a large crowd and a building facade; inscribed at edge “J’Y FERAI DESORMAIS MA DEME[piercing]E HABITUEL[casting flaw]E”, at proper left “DUVIV”, and in exergue “ARRIVEE DU ROI A PARIS/LE 6·OCT·1789”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LOUIS XVI ROI DES FRANÇAIS", on bust "B·DUVIVIER F·", and in exergue "VILLE DE PARIS".
Reverse: Inscribed at edge "J'Y FERAI DESORMAIS MA DEME[piercing]E HABITUEL[casting flaw]E", at proper left "DUVIV", and in exergue "ARRIVEE DU ROI A PARIS/LE 6·OCT·1789".
By 1913, Henry H. Fay; 1913, gift of Henry H. Fay to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 1, 1913)
Gift of Henry H. Fay