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Commemoration of the Visit of the Dauphin Francis, Son of Francis I, to the City of Lyon in 1533

Artist:
Medalist: Jacques Gauvain (active ca. 1501–47)
Date:
1533
Culture:
French, Lyon
Medium:
Bronze, light brown patina, cast
Dimensions:
Diameter: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.110.40
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
The medal relates to a theatrical performance organized by the city of Lyon in honor of a 1533 visit by the dauphin François (1518–1536). The inscription and the image of a boy holding wings and a turtle anticipate a reign governed by Temperance and Fortune, but François was to die before he could ascend the throne.
Signature: Unsigned

Inscription: Obverse: (in margin) •FORTVNENT•TARDOS•CVRSVS•TESTVDINIS•ALE•DII•FORTVNARVT•CETERA•/VIVE• ALACER; (below, on scroll) DILIGENS•CVNCTATOR• / •DIITE•FORTVNENT•; reverse: (on two banderoles around shield, on the left outer line) •PLVS SVA•NON TVA SVNT•SEIPSOCVM•LILIA TRINA• ; (inner line) MVNERA QVAE GRYPHIS SVPPLICIBZ LEOFERT; (on the right, outer line) •FERT LEO SVPPLICIBZ GRYPHIS QVAE MVNERA TRINA / (inner line) LILIA CVM SEIPSO SVNT TVA NON SVA PLVS
J. H. Fitzhenry , London (until 1913; sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, November, 18, 1913, no. 532; sold to Feuerdent for £4/4); Henry Oppenheimer , London (until 1936; his sale, Christie's, London, July 29, 1936, no. 331; sold to MMA)
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