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Henri IV, King of France

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1603 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dupré, Guillaume (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt

  • Museum number:

    A.353-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts Henri IV (1553-1610), King of France and his second wife Marie de Médicis (1573-1642); they married in 1600. It is made by the medallist Guillaume Dupré, dated 1603.
Born in Florence, Marie was the daughter of Francesco I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Johanna Archduchess of Austria. Later she became Queen consort of France. Second wife of King Henry IV of France.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust to right, superposed, of Henri and Marie de Medicis. Henri is in armour and wears a scarf. Isncription.
On the reverse Henri as Mars, in a cuirass and holding a spear, gives his right hand to Marie, as Minerva, wearing a helmet and the aegis, and carrying a shield. Between them a child (the Dauphin) stands with one foot on a dolphin and places on his head Mars' helmet. Above an eagle flies down towards the dauphin with a crown. Inscription.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1603 (dated)

Artist/maker

Dupré, Guillaume (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'HENR . IIII R . CHRIST . MARIA . AVGVSTA . - G . DVPRE . F - 1603'
obverse

'PROPAGO . IMPERI . - 1603'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.7 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver-gilt, Henri IV, King of France and Marie de Medicis, by Guillaume Dupré, France, dated 1603

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. 52
Jones, Mark. Catalogue of the French Medals in the British Museum, Vol II, 1600-1672. London: 1988, pp. 58-61, Nos 15&16
Cohen, Sarah R. Ruben's France: Gender and Personification in the Marie de Medicis Cycle. The Art Bulletin, September 2003, Vol LXXXV, Nummer 3, pp. 490-522

Materials

Silver; Gold

Techniques

Gilding

Subjects depicted

Dolphins; Helmet; Shield

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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