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Medallion  - King Charles II (1630-1685)

King Charles II (1630-1685)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (Probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory in relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Although purchased as a portrait of Louis XIV, and considered to be French, the portrait resembles King Charles II of England. Comparison with the softer, smoother style seen in Mollart's ivory portrait of the French monarch (V&A Mus. No. A.44-1935) suggests moreover that the present piece represents the English King. It may have been carved by a Netherlandish sculptor probably working in London rather than France, perhaps at the time of the Restoration.

Physical description

The bust relief portrait on this oval medallion shows the king facing right, with long flowing hair, crowned with a laurel wreath. He wears fantastic armour with a lion mask pauldron visible on the right shoulder, and an elaborately draped cloak.

Place of Origin

London (Probably, made)


ca. 1660 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory in relief


Height: 10 cm, Width: 6.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased in London for £23 from Alfred Spero in 1932.

Descriptive line

Medallion, ivory, portrait of King Charles II, by an unknown artist probably from Netherlands, produced in Britain, ca. 1660

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

Friedman, T. 'Cavalier's Charles II on Horseback.' Leeds Art Calendar. no. 88, 1981, p. 11 and fig. 6
Review [1911-1938], Victoria & Albert Museum. Review of the Principal Acquisitions during the Year, London, 1932, p. 10
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 122




Carving; Relief


Sculpture; Medallions; Reliefs; Royalty; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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