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Medal - Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
  • Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
    Poggini, Domenico, born 1520 - died 1590
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Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Poggini, Domenico, born 1520 - died 1590 (artist)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a lead medal made by Domenico Poggini (1520-1590) in Florence, Italy, about 1550. The obverse of this medal represents Alfonso II d'Este, the Duke of Ferrara, and the reverse shows Lucrezia de' Medici, the Duchess of Ferrara.
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.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1550 (made)


Poggini, Domenico, born 1520 - died 1590 (artist)


Diameter: 4.76 cm

Object history note

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, lead, Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara/Lucrezia de' Medici, by Domenico Poggini, Italian (Florentine), ca. 1550

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. 40
Robinson, John Charles. Catalogue of the Soulages Collection. London: Chapman & Hall, 1856, p. 149




Coins & Medals; Portraits; Royalty


Sculpture Collection

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