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Medal - Knight on horseback

Knight on horseback

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1468 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Francesco, Giovanni of Parma (medallists)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a bronze medal made by Giovanni Francesco of Parma, in Italy, dated 1468. This medal is a reverse only, which represents a knight on horseback attacking a cavalier on foot, whilst a third combatant is stabbing the horse. It is the reverse of a medal by Costanzo Sforza.
It was bought from the Soulages collection. Jules Soulages (1812-1856) was a collector of French and Italian Renaissance art. After his death his collection was acquired by the Museum. Born in Toulouse in 1803, Jules Soulages practised as a lawyer in Paris and was founding member of the Société Archeologique du Midi de la France. He created an extensive collection of French and Italian Renaissance decorative art from 1825, comprising around 750 objects, including furniture, glass, ceramics, bronzes, enamels and ivories. In the late 1840s Soulages moved back to Toulouse, where Henry Cole viewed his collection in 1855. Subsequent sale negotiations led to the production of a catalogue and two exhibitions in England at the Museum of Ornamental Art at Marlborough House, and at the Manchester Art Treasures exhibition respectively, both enhancing the celebrity of the collection, and resulting in its acquisition for the South Kensington Museum. Soulages died on 13 October 1857, aged 54.

Physical description

Reverse only; a knight on horseback is attacking a cavalier on foot, whilst a third combatant is stabbing the horse.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1468 (made)


Francesco, Giovanni of Parma (medallists)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 6.35 cm

Object history note

There is an electrotype copy of this medal (inv. no. 1857-79). It was bought from the Soulages collection in 1865. The dealer John Webb was despatched to examine and report on the collection, which was purchased between 1859 and 1865 in installments for £11,000 with the assistance of 73 subscribers.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, reverse only, a knight on horseback, by Giovanni Francesco of Parma, Italian, 1468

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. 39
Robinson, John Charles. Catalogue of the Soulages Collection. London: Chapman & Hall, 1856, p. 148



Subjects depicted



Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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