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Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet, 1694–1778)

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Date:
1781
Culture:
French, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Medium:
Medallion: cast terracotta (terre de Chaumont); frame: gilt wood
Dimensions:
Diameter (without frame): 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1952
Accession Number:
52.189.1
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: NINI [F]

Inscription: Around edge, raised: VOLTAIRE · NE · LE · XX · FEVRIER · MDCXCIV; (below tranche) J.B. NINI F 1781

On back: (paper label) Voltaire J B NINI F 1781 / Storelli p. 127. Two stickers: 10; printed label: Encadrement Artistiques / Boiseries / Sièges Meubles / A. Tardif & Cie. / Decorateurs / 29 Rue Bayen / Paris.
James Hazen Hyde (until 1952; to MMA)
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