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Louis XIV, King of France

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    middle of 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Warin, Jean (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze with brass rim

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicting Louis XIV, King of France, the 'Sun King' and his mother Anne of Austria is made by Jean Warin.
Warin (1606-1672) was a French sculptor, medallist and painter and the most eminent of French medallists and a sculptor of high reputation during the first half of the 17th century, and a very important player in the history of the French medal. He was born in Liège, where he trained in the workshop of his father. His medals show a clarity of composition based on studies of the Antique, as well as a great finesse in their execution.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse bust to right of Louis XIV, wearing a lace-collar and a scarf over armour. Inscription.
On the reverse the bust to right of Anne of Austria, wearing a widow's cap with a long veil falling over her shoulders and pinned with a brooch on the breast. Inscription.

Place of Origin

France (made)


middle of 17th century (made)


Warin, Jean (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze with brass rim

Marks and inscriptions

LVD . XIIII . D . G . FR . ET . NAV . REX - WARIN'


'ANNA . D . G . FR . ET . NAV . REG'


Diameter: 2.8 cm, Diameter: 4.6 cm with rim

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Louis XIV, King of France and his mother Anne of Austria, by Jean Warin, France, middle of 17th century

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. 58
Jones, Mark. Catalogue of the French Medals in the British Museum, Vol II, 1600-1672. London: 1988, pp. 203-204, No 205


Bronze; Brass

Subjects depicted

Brooch; Cap; Armour


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Royalty


Sculpture Collection

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