Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Portrait of a young man

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Date:
1765
Culture:
French, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Medium:
Medallion: cast terracotta (terre de Chaumont); frame: gilt wood
Dimensions:
Diameter (without frame): 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1952
Accession Number:
52.133.3
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: Incised on tranche: I B NINI.F.1765

Inscription: Inscribed in ink on back of medallion: Derrière un exemplaire / de ce Medaillion on lit, / tracé avec une pointe, en / bell écriture du XVIIIme siècle / "chaulieu" / Il est donc à presumer / que ce portrait est celui / du neveu de l'Abbé de / Chaulieu le poëte.
James Hazen Hyde (until 1952; to MMA)
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