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portrait medallion

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2010,8025.1

  • Description

    Medallion, hard-paste porcelain, unglazed, circular, moulded, portrait of Sir Isaac Newton in relief to left wearing a loose shirt, with the legend SIR ISAAC NEWTON around the border and C.G. below the truncation; in a damaged marbleized yellow and black wooden frame (modern).

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1764-1768
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 12.7 centimetres
    • Weight: 381 grammes (with frame)
    • Weight: 247 grammes (without frame)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Script

        cursive
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        BL
      • Inscription Comment

        in monogram - mark found on Brancas-Lauraguais productions
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        30
      • Inscription Comment

        incised
  • Curator's comments

    One of a small series of medallions of mythological figures, monarchs, scientists and poets. There is another example in a private collection in New York (in the Paris trade in 1992, notes on file).
    The portrait is based on a medal by John Croker, of which there is an example in the Department of Coins and Medals.
    The identity of 'C.G.' is unknown.

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  • Location

    G1/wp168/sh2

  • Condition

    The frame to be removed. Five small iron stains and a firing defect (circular hole near nose) on front.

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2010

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2010,8025.1

Medallion, hard-paste porcelain, circular, moulded, portrait of Sir Isaac Newton in relief to left wearing a loose shirt, with the legend SIR ISAAC NEWTON around the border and C.G. below the truncation; in a damaged marbleized yellow and black wooden frame (modern).

Medallion, hard-paste porcelain, circular, moulded, portrait of Sir Isaac Newton in relief to left wearing a loose shirt, with the legend SIR ISAAC NEWTON around the border and C.G. below the truncation; in a damaged marbleized yellow and black wooden frame (modern).

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