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Medal - Princesse Eliza
  • Princesse Eliza
    Denon, Dominique Vivant Baron, born 1747 - died 1825
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Princesse Eliza

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1813 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Denon, Dominique Vivant Baron, born 1747 - died 1825 (designer)
    Brenet, Nicolas Guy Antoine, born 1773 - died 1846 (engraver)
    Andrieu, Bertrand, born 1761 - died 1822 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jack E. Ladevèze

  • Museum number:

    A.23-2005

  • 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. These medals 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 Princess Elisa (1777-1820), sister of Napoleon.

The medal is made by Nicolas Brenet and designed by Dominique Vivant Denon. Brenet (1773-1846) studied in Paris with Jacques Édouard Gatteaux (1788-1881. He was a major contributor to the semi-official Napoleonic series of medals executed under the direction of Vivant Denon, who was the Director of the Louvre from 1804-1815. He also produced medals for Louis XVIII, Charles X, for whom Brenet cut the State Seals, and Louis-Philippe. He exhibited at the Salons of 1817, 1822, 1831, 1833, 1834,1839 and later. Brenet is also acknowledged as a fine engraver of coins.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1813 (made)

Artist/maker

Denon, Dominique Vivant Baron, born 1747 - died 1825 (designer)
Brenet, Nicolas Guy Antoine, born 1773 - died 1846 (engraver)
Andrieu, Bertrand, born 1761 - died 1822 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Struck silver

Marks and inscriptions

Legend in Greek
Elisa, sister of the Emperor
Obverse

'AN'
Obverse, intials of maker (Andrieu)

'VIA DA LUCCA A PISA'
The way from Lucca to Pisa
Reverse exergue

'DENON. D. BRENET F.'
Reverse, below exergue

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.3 cm, Weight: 6.6 g

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Medal, Princess Elisa, struck silver, by Andrieu, Brenet and Denon, French, 19th century, 1813.

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

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

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commemorative

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Striking

Subjects depicted

Columns (architectural elements); Safety; Whips (animal equipment); Travel; Wheels

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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