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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1630 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Warin, Jean (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a bronze medal made in France by J. Warin, dated 1630. The obverse of this medal shows Cardinal Richelieu while the reverse shows a crowned female figure in a triumphal car.

Warin (1606-1672) was a French sculptor, medallist and painter and the most eminent of French medallists and a sculptor of high reputation during the first half of the 17th century, and a very important player in the history of the French medal. He was born in Liège, where he trained in the workshop of his father. His medals show a clarity of composition based on studies of the Antique, as well as a great finesse in their execution.

Called Armand Jean du Plessis, cardinal-duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac (1585-1624) was a French clergyman, noble and statesman. He became a Cardinal in 1622, and chief minister to King Louis XIII in 1624. He remained in office until his death in 1642.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1630 (made)


Warin, Jean (medallist)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 7.62 cm

Object history note

Bought for £1 13s. 8d. in 1864, at the Piot sale, Paris.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, bust of Cardinal Richelieu, by Jean Warin, French, dated 1630

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1864. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 45
Jones, Mark. Catalogue of French Medals in the British Museum, vol. II, 1600-1672. London: British Museum Publications, 1988, pp. 190-191
Cf. Scher, Stephen K., ed. The Currency of Fame: Portrait Medals of the Renaissance. New York: 1994. pp. 53-54. Catalogue of the exhibition held National Gallery, New York, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, January 1994-January 1995, pp. 341-342



Subjects depicted

Triumphal car; Female figure; Bust


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Politics


Sculpture Collection

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