Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Catherine II The Great, Empress of Russia

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Date:
1771
Culture:
French, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Medium:
Medallion: cast terracotta (terre de Chaumont); frame: gilt wood
Dimensions:
Diameter (without frame): 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1952
Accession Number:
52.189.11
Not on view
The abbreviated Russian legend translates: "By the grace of God, Catherine II, empress and sovereign of all Russia."
Signature: Incised on tranche of shoulder: J B NINI F / 1771

Inscription: Around edge: Б•М•ЕКАТЕРИНА•II•IМПЕРАТ• И•САМОДЕР•ВСЕРОС• [trans.: H.M. Catherine II Empress and sovereign of all Russias]

Label on back of medallion: Collection Bigillion
James Hazen Hyde (until 1952; to MMA)
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