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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Henry IV of France - 1789

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Henry IV of France
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Henry IV of France

Two different portrait designs were made depicting Henry IV. This design is likely to be the earlier of the two.The Wedgwood manuscript collection refers to portrait medallions of Henry IV, specifically documents of the 17th and 19th July 1777 (E25-18771-18772)

Two different portrait designs were made depicting Henry IV. This design is likely to be the earlier of the two. The Wedgwood manuscript collection refers to portrait medallions of Henry IV, specifically documents of the 17th and 19th July 1777 (E25-18771-18772)

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: (Unmarked)
  • Year produced: 1789
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 2950
  • Dimensions: 54 mm (length), 50 mm (width), 16 mm (depth)

Related people

  • Henry IV of France Subject

    Henry IV of France - Subject (1553 - 1610)

    Born in 1553, Henry IV reigned as King of France from 1589 to his death in 1610. One of the most popular French kings, he showed great care to his subjects. He displayed religous tolerance, unusual for the period, particularly towards the Protestants. Henry was assassinated by a fanatical catholic in 1610 - aged 56.

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.