- Museum number
Silver medal consisting of two repoussé and chased silver plates joined by a rim. (whole)
Fame, holding a trumpet and a laurel wreath, seated in a landscape, with arms and armour at her feet. (reverse)
Superimposed busts of Henri II, Charles V, Julius Caesar and ?Lucretia. (obverse)
- Production date
- 1550 (circa)
Diameter: 47.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Jones 1
(a) Cabinet des Médailles, Bibliothèque Nationale, 58 rue de Richelieu, 75084 Paris, France, (BN, Paris), Sér. Roy. 145, gilt bronze, 43 mm (no rev.).
(b) BN, Paris, Sér. Roy. 146, cast bronze, 43.5 mm (no rev.).
Only the obverse of this piece has been published. However, the reverse seems to belong with it in technique (it is clearly the work of a silversmith rather than that of a medallist), in content and in style and other known examples seem to be casts deriving from the obverse of this piece.
The second half of the legend is somewhat puzzling. It is not clear why Divi Iuli is in the genitive, why the fourth, apparently male, figure should be called Lucretia or what relation the classical figures have to Henri and Charles.
1. TN Méd. Fr. I pl. 14 no. 3.
2. Ν. Rondot: 'Les orfèvres de Troyes' in the'Revue de l'art français' 1891 p. 338.
3. Mazerolle II no. 297.
4. N. Rondot: 'Les médailleurs en France' 1904, pp. 182-3 and pl. XIV.
- On display (G46/dc5/p4/no11)
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MF1 (Jones 1) (68) (50)