Ivory relief of King Louis XIV of France on a pedestal inscribed in relief 'LVDOVICI/MAGNI/VICTORIAE’ ('To the Victory of Louis the Great’) flanked by two chained seated captives or slaves. On either side of the King are flags and above him to right a putto holding a palm branch. The scene is enclosed by a laurel wreath bound with ribbons and tied at the top with an elaborate bow. Signed LE MARCHAND FECIT below the pedestal.Mounted on a wooden support covered in black velvet.
- 1690-1696 (circa)
- Made in: France (or Scotland)
- Height: 14 centimetres
- Width: 8.4 centimetres
Inscription Positionlower part
Inscription ContentLE MARCHAND FECIT
Inscription TranslationLe Marchand made (it)
The image was made to celebrate Louis XIV's victories in various battles fought in the 1690s.
The relief may have been carved in France for a French client around the time of the signing of the Treaty of Turin in 1696, or alternatively it may have been done in Scotland after the Treaty was signed
Daniel Katz-A collector's cabinet II: exhibition at 13 Old Bond Street, London 25 Nov-23 Dec 2008, no.32 (before acquisition by the BM).
Some small losses to tips of spears and to chains binding the captives
Prehistory and Europe
Ivory relief of King Louis XIV of France on a pedestal inscribed in relief ‘LVDOVICI/MAGNI/VICTORIAE’ (‘To the Victory of Louis the Great’) flanked by two chained seated captives or slaves. On either side of the King are flags and above him to right an angel. The scene is enclosed by a laurel wreath bound with ribbons and tied at the top with an elaborate bow. Signed LE MARCHAND FECIT at the bottom
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Object reference number: MCT27741
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