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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Benjamin Franklin - 1976

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Benjamin Franklin
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Benjamin Franklin

This block mould from the second half of the twentieth century depicts a portrait of Benjamin Franklin which was originally taken from a bust by Jean-Jacques Caffieri dating from 1777. Medallions featuring this portrait were first advertised in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 Catalogue, though this modern example most likely dates from 1976, when the bicentennary of American Independence was celebrated.

This block mould from the second half of the twentieth century depicts a portrait of Benjamin Franklin which was originally taken from a bust by Jean-Jacques Caffieri dating from 1777. Medallions featuring this portrait were first advertised in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 Catalogue, though this modern example most likely dates from 1976, when the bicentennary of American Independence was celebrated.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: BEN
    FRANKLIN
    [Inscribed on reverse]
    WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    [Impressed on reverse]
  • Year produced: 1976
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 13609
  • Dimensions: 75 mm (length), 64 mm (width), 10 mm (depth)

Related people

  • Benjamin Franklin Subject

    Benjamin Franklin - Subject (1706 - 1790)

    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an American statesman, born in Boston (Mass.), the fifteenth child of a family of seventeen. After two years’ schooling Franklin was apprenticed to a printer and learned to edit a newspaper. He spent a year and a half in England from 1724 working as a printer, and on his return to America he established himself in this trade and bought the Pennsylvanian Gazette. This he followed by founding Poor Richard’s Almanack, which was noted for aphorisms and maxims urging thrift and virtues of hard work. From 1751 to 1764 Franklin was a member of the Pennsylvanian legislature and was charged with negotiating with the British Government on the proposal to tax the colonies both in 1757, and in 1771 when he protested against the Stamp Act. In 1775 he assisted in drawing up the Declaration of Independence, and during the War which followed he went to Europe to represent the states diplomatically ( he had learned French, Italian, and Spanish), securing their recognition by France in 1778, which brought France into War of Independence. After the War he returned to United States to take part in the drawing up of the Constitution. He interested himself in many scientific subjects, founding the University of Pennsylvania and the American Philosophy Society. He was also a member of the British Royal Society.

Glossary

  • Block mould

    Block mould

    The master mould often carved in wood, wax or low-fired earthenware from which working plaster of Paris moulds are taken.

  • Portrait Medallion

    Portrait Medallion

     

    A medallion, either circular or oval, made usually from black basalt or jasper, which features a head or head and shoulders study, rather than a relief of a classical nature.