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Portrait medallion

Portrait medallion

  • Place of origin:

    Etruria (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White Jasper with applied 'wafer' of blue and applied moulded reliefs in white

  • Museum number:

    223-1853

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 1, case CA11

This is one of a handful of portrait medallions of key players during the French Revolution made by Josiah Wedgwood's factory around 1790.

The dipolmat, writer and politician, Gabriel de Riqueti Honoré, Comte de Mirabeau (1749–1791), favoured a constitutional monarchy similar to that of Great Britain. He unsuccessfully conducted secret negotiations with the French monarchy in an effort to reconcile it with the Revolution.

Wedgwood produced similar medallions intended for mounting on snuffboxes and aimed at both royalists and supporters of the Revolution. These included portraits of Louis XVI and Jacques Necker, the French director-general of finance (both with fleur-de-lys borders), of the revolutionaries Sylvain Bailly, the marquis de Lafayette, and Talleyrand (all with anthemion borders), and of the Duc D'Orléans (sometimes, but not always, with a laurel border). He also made several allegorical medallions commemorating the Revolution issued in 1789-93, and others depicting the Storming and Fall of the Bastille in 1789.

Physical description

Circular portrait medallion with bust of Gabriel de Riqueti Honoré facing right and with border of anthemion motifs. Of white Jasper, with applied wafer of blue Jasper and applied moulded reliefs. Lapidary polished bevelled edge.

Place of Origin

Etruria (made)

Date

ca. 1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

White Jasper with applied 'wafer' of blue and applied moulded reliefs in white

Marks and inscriptions

'Wedgwood'
impressed

Dimensions

Diameter: 6 cm conversion from imperial

Historical context note

This is one of a number of portrait medallions of key players during the French Revolution made by Wedgwood around 1790. The dipolmat, writer and politician, Gabriel de Riqueti Honoré, Comte de Mirabeau (1749–1791), favoured a constitutional monarchy similar to that of Great Britain. He unsuccessfully conducted secret negotiations with the French monarchy in an effort to reconcile it with the Revolution.

Descriptive line

Jasperware portrait medallion of Gabriel de Riqueti Honoré, made at the factory of Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, Staffordshire, ca. 1790

Labels and date

Portrait medallion depicting Gabriel de Riqueti Honoré, Comte de Mirabeau (1749-1791)
made at the factory of Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, Staffordshire, about 1790
Mark: 'Wedgwood', impressed
Jasperware

223-1853 [23/05/2008]

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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