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Portrait Medallion - Marie Antoinette Queen of France - c.1774

Portrait Medallion - Marie Antoinette queen of France
    Portrait Medallion - Marie Antoinette queen of France

Portrait Medallion of Marie Antoinette Queen of France

Portrait Medallion of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) Queen of France married in 1774 to Louis XVI. Portrait taken from an original medallion by Jean Baptiste Nini. Framed in wood.

  • Type of object: Plaques and medallions/portrait medallion
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: c.1774
  • Body: Jasper
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: dipped
  • Accession number: 5146

Related people

  • 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

  • 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.