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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Louis XVI of France - 1787

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Louis XVI of France
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Louis XVI of France

This portrait is often listed as the work of Nini due to comparison with a companion medallion depicting Marie Antoinette. However the shoulder of the portrait has the signature of William Hackwood. It was modelled in 1778 after a medallion by Renaud.

This portrait is often listed as the work of Nini due to comparison with a companion medallion depicting Marie Antoinette. However the shoulder of the portrait has the signature of William Hackwood. It was modelled in 1778 after a medallion by Renaud.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: Wm hackwood
    [Inscribed]
  • Year produced: 1787
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 2912
  • Dimensions: 91 mm (length), 80 mm (width), 23 mm (depth)

Related people

  • Louis XVI of France Subject

    Louis XVI of France - Subject (1754 - 1793)

    Louis XVI (Louis-Auguste de France) of the House of Bourbon was King of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1791 and then King of the French from 1791 until 1792. His parents were Louis, Dauphin of France and Marie-Josèphe of Saxony, he was married to Marie Antoinette who bore four children. He was the last king of the Ancien Régime. In the course of the French Revolution he was disempowered and forced to approve the conversion of the absolute monarchy into a constitutional monarchy in 1791. This is how he became "King of the French" instead of "King of France". He was deposed in 1792, the revolutioners sentenced him to death by the guillotine in 1793.

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.