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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2009,8008.1

  • Description

    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.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1690-1696 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 14 centimetres
    • Width: 8.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        lower part
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        LE MARCHAND FECIT
      • Inscription Translation

        Le Marchand made (it)
  • Curator's comments

    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

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  • Location

    G46/dc12

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    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).

  • Condition

    Some small losses to tips of spears and to chains binding the captives

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2009

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2009,8008.1

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

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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