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Medal - Margaret, Margravine of Baden

Margaret, Margravine of Baden

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1534 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebel, Matthes (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts Margaret, Margravine of Baden (1514-1574), who married Wolfgang II, Count von Oettingen in 1538 and is made by Matthes Gebel, in Nuremberg, dated 1534.
Gebel (ca. 1500-1574) who lived in Nuremberg was considered the most important medallist of his time. Also today he is considered as the most prolific medallist in Nuremberg of the Renaissance period. Habich ascribes 350 medals to him. They are almost all two-sided and thinly cast in silver, lead or bronze. He was friend of Albrecht Duerer and struck a famous medal of him in 1527. It shows Duerer with short hair. This medal portrait should become the definite portrait of Duerer in an advanced age for future generations.

Physical description

Obverse: bust to right of Margaret. Inscription.
Reverse: Two lions supporting a shield of arms. Tow hands clasping a heart from which spring three flowers. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1534 (made)


Gebel, Matthes (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions




Diameter: 40 mm, Weight: 25 g

Object history note

Provenance: Salting Bequest. George Salting (b. 1836; d. 1909), an Australian who settled in England, bequeathed a large collection of works decorative art to the Museum in 1909.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver, Margaret, Margravine of Baden, by Matthes Gebel, Germany, dated 1534

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990. 128p., ill. ISBN 1851770135.
'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. 59
Habich, catalog, I, 2, p. 158, no. 1110



Subjects depicted

Wreath; Lion; Hand; Heart; Bust; Coat of arms; Flower


Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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