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Medal - The Funeral of Albert, Archduke of Austria
  • The Funeral of Albert, Archduke of Austria
    Waterloos, Adrian, born 1600 - died 1684
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The Funeral of Albert, Archduke of Austria

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (made)

  • Date:

    1622 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Waterloos, Adrian, born 1600 - died 1684 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    A.395-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts the funeral of Albert, Archduke of Austria (1559-1621), Governor of the Low countries and is made by Anton (or Adriaen) Waterloos, in Brussels, signed and dated 1622. Waterloos (1600-1684) was a Flemish medallist and seal-engraver. He was made a Councillor in 1661 and appointed Mint-master general in 1663.

The object came to the museum through the Salting bequest. George Salting (b. 1836; d. 1909) - an Australian, who settled in England - was a prolific collector in a number of areas, including Chinese and Japanese ceramics and European art. By 1874 his collection had outgrown his residence in St. James's Street, prompting him to lend items to the South Kensington Museum. After his death in 1909, the majority of this astonishing collection passed to the V&A, where it was shown in its own galleries.

Physical description

Obverse: the funeral cortège, moving to the left, consisting of the coffin borne by eight men, beneath a canopy, borne by eight others, with two more following. Inscription.
Reverse: a right arm proceeding from the clouds, holding a sword twined with olives. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Brussels (made)

Date

1622 (dated)

Artist/maker

Waterloos, Adrian, born 1600 - died 1684 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

'M . DC . XXII . MARTI - WA . F'
obverse

'AVGVSTO . FVNERI . ALB : PII . BELG : PRINC : VMBRACVLVM . TVLIT . SENAT : BRVX :'
reverse

'PVLCHRVM . CLARESCERE . VTROQVE . '
on a scroll on the reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.5 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.
Another similar version of this was sold at Sotheby's London, Coins and medals sale, July 5, 1994, Lot n. 187 (£2,420).

Descriptive line

Medal, silver, funeral of Albert, Archduke of Austria, by Adriaen Waterloos, Flemish, dated 1622

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 61

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Coffin; Swords; Men; Canopy; Funeral

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Death

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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