- Museum number
Portrait medallion, jasper ware (stoneware),dipped deep blue and laminated, circular cameo, intended as a box top, with a white jasper bust in relief in profile to left of Louis XVI wearing the star and sash of the Order of St Louis, ornamented around the border with white jasper ovals and fleurs-de-lis, polished edge. Marked.
- Production date
- 1790 (circa)
Diameter: 2.30 inches
- Curator's comments
This portrait, the latest of the three Wedgwood versions of this sitter, is based on a medallic portrait by Benjamin Duvivier ('Trésor de Numismatique Française: Médailles de la Revolution Française', Paris, 1837, pl, LV, 6) and shows the king wearing the star and sash of the Order of St Louis. The border is ornamented with ovals alternating with fleurs-de-lis. The growing reaction in France against Louis XVI's exercise of power from early 1791 onwards suggests an earlier date for the production of this medallion.
Literature: Aileen Dawson, 'Masterpieces of Wedgwood in the British Museum', London, 1984, p. 84 and pl.12; R.L. Hobson, 'Catalogue of English Pottery', London, 1903, I. 18.
- On display (G46/dc18)
- Exhibition history
2005 Jul 07-Nov 13, London, National Maritime Museum, 'Nelson and Napoleon'
1990 6 Jun-9 Sep, France, Vizille, Musée de la Révolution Française, The French Revolution : La Version Anglaise
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number