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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Marie Antoinette - 1785

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Marie Antoinette
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Marie Antoinette

This portrait is by an unknown modeller, and was created about 1785. The source of the portrait is unknown.

This portrait is by an unknown modeller, and was created about 1785. The source of the portrait is unknown.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: MARIE ANTOINETTE
    1755-1793
    wax original No. 27
    [Written in ink]
  • Year produced: 1785
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic, metal
  • Accession number: 2959
  • Dimensions: 90 mm (length), 79 mm (width), 22 mm (depth)

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  • Marie Antoinette Subject

    Marie Antoinette - Subject (1755 - 1793)

    Born an Archduchess of Austria in 1755, Marie married the Dauphin of France in 1770 and would go on to have four children. She became Queen of France when her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI on the death of his father Louis XV in 1774. Marie became very disliked by the French population because of her lifestyle and various scandals and alleged affairs. When Louis XVI, her husband, was deposed and the Monarchy abolished in 1792, the Royal Family was imprisoned. Several months after her husband's execution Marie also was found guilty of treason and executed by guillotine in 1793, aged 37.

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.