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Louis XVI, King of France

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Date:
1779–80
Culture:
French, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Medium:
Medallion: cast terracotta (terre de Chaumont); frame: gilt wood
Dimensions:
Diameter (without frame): 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1952
Accession Number:
52.189.3
Not on view
In a technique of his own invention, Nini refined the local clay through a process of elutriation and used it to cast his medallions from finely engraved copper molds
Signature: Incised on tranche of shoulder: J B NINI F 1779

Inscription: Around edge, raised, with words separated by fleur-de-lis: LUDOVICUS * XVI * REX * CHRISTIANISSIMUS *; (below relief) 1780 NINI F
James Hazen Hyde (until 1952; to MMA)
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