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Medal - Princess Pauline Borghese
  • Princess Pauline Borghese
    Andrieu, Bertrand, born 1761 - died 1822
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Princess Pauline Borghese

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1813 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jack E. Ladevèze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal, together with five others (A.18-2005-A.20-2005, A.22-2005 - another version of this medal - and A.23-2005) 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. These medals appear to have been collected together and modified with a bar attached on the reverse 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 Princess Pauline Borghese, sister of Napoleon, and the reverse shows the three Graces.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1813 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Struck silver

Marks and inscriptions

Obverse, initials of the artist (Andrieu)

Legend in Greek characters
Beautiful, as is our Queen


Diameter: 2.3 cm, Weight: 7.1 g

Historical context note

Issued by La Monnaie de Paris as a medal in 1808, this medal has a metal strip fixed to the reverse

Descriptive line

Medal, Princess Pauline Borghese, 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, E, illstr. p.83, E.
Vandenbrouck-Przybylski, Melanie, ' 'These should without delay be represented in our museum' Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French medals at the V&A', The Medal, No.61, Autumn 2012, pp. 21-37, fig. 20

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commemorative





Subjects depicted



Coins & Medals; Myths & Legends; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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