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Medallion - Catherine de' Medici, wife (Queen) of Henry II

Catherine de' Medici, wife (Queen) of Henry II

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1559 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pilon, Germain (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a medallion, probably made by Germain Pilon in France in about 1559. It is an obverse only medallion, representing Catherine de' Medici, Queen and wife of Henri II of France.

Physical description

Circular medallion with bust of Catherine de Medici, Queen of Henry II. of France with inscription.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1559 (made)


Pilon, Germain (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 16.19 cm

Object history note

Bought for £1 2s. 6d. in 1865.

Descriptive line

Medallion, circular bronze, depicting Catherine de' Medici, wife (Queen) of Henry II, possibly by Germain Pilon, France, ca. 1559

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. 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. 44
cf. Jones, Mark. A Catalogue of French Medals in the British Museum. Vol. I: AD 1402-1602. London: British Museum Publications, 1982, pp. 130-132




Medallions; Bronze; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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