Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Portrait of a man, possibly Dr. Dornier, 1764

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
French, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Medium:
Medallion: cast terracotta (terre de Chaumont); frame: gilt wood
Dimensions:
Diameter: 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1949
Accession Number:
49.20.4
Not on view
In a technique of his own invention, Nini refined the local clay through a process of elutriation and used it to cast his medallions from finely engraved copper molds.
Signature: Unsigned

Inscription: Incised in center on back of medallion: 3

Inscribed in ink (?) on back of medallion: Dornavius medicus... / ayeul de Dr. Poirier / dornier / Dornavius medicus

Inscribed in graphite on back of medallion: ayeul du Dr Poirier
James Hazen Hyde (until 1949; to MMA)
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