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Medal - Queen Hortense
  • Queen Hortense
    Andrieu, Bertrand, born 1761 - died 1822
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Queen Hortense

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1813 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Andrieu, Bertrand, born 1761 - died 1822 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jack E. Ladevèze

  • Museum number:

    A.20-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal, together with five others (A.18-2005-A.22-2005)was issued by the Paris Mint between 1808 and 1813 and all are based on ancient Greek coins, offering an insight into the 'after life' of commemorative medals. They appear to have been collected together and the backs modified, with a bar attached to turn them into buttons. It may be that they were intended to be worn prominently on a garment to indicate the wearer's devotion to Napoleon Bonaparte and his female relatives.

This one shows Hortense Bonaparte (née de Beauharnais), Queen Consort of Holland (1783-1837), the wife of Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland. Hortense was born in Paris, the daughter of Alexandre, Vicomte de Beauharnais (executed in 1794) and of his wife Josephine who later married Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1802, at Napoleon's request, Hortense married his brother Louis Bonaparte. They had three sons, one of whom was Napoleon III, Emperor of the French.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1813 (made)

Artist/maker

Andrieu, Bertrand, born 1761 - died 1822 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Struck silver

Marks and inscriptions

Greek inscription
Queen Hortense
Obverse, either side of portrait head

'AN'
Obverse, under bust, intials for Andrieu

Greek inscription
The arts honour those who honour them
Reverse exergue

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.3 cm, Weight: 7.2 g

Historical context note

Issued by La Monnaie de Paris as a medal in 1813, this medal has a metal strip fixed to the reverse.

Descriptive line

Medal, Queen Hortense, struck silver, by Bertrand Andrieu, French, 19th century, 1813.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue Générale Illustré des Éditions de la Monnaie de Paris, Vol 2., p.82, D, illstr. p.83 D

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commemorative

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Striking

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Culture; Pincers; Book; Laurel; Easel; Lyre; Guitar; Painting; Palette

Categories

Sculpture; Coins & Medals

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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