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Louis XV (1710–1774)

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Date:
1770
Culture:
French, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Medium:
Medallion: cast terracotta (terre de Chaumont); frame: gilt wood
Dimensions:
Diameter (without frame): 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1952
Accession Number:
52.189.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552
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: J B NINI F 1770

Inscription: Around edge, raised, with words separated by fleur-de-lis: LUDOVICUS * XV * REX * CHRISTIANISSIMUS * MDCCLXX

On back, printed paper label: 41; written in pencil: Storelli page 85.
James Hazen Hyde , New York (until 1952; to MMA)
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