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Medal - Margarethe Gysel

Margarethe Gysel

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Augsburg (made)

  • Date:

    1530 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Boxwood

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.505-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medallion is made by Christoph Weiditz in Augsburg in ca. 1530 andmay have been a model for a medal, although no medals after it are known.
This medallion was formerly owned by Frédéric Spitzer (b. 1815; d. 1890) who was born in Vienna, and settled in Paris in 1852. He amassed a large collection of works of art, which were housed in l'hotel de la rue Villejust, known as the Musée Spitzer. The collection was auctioned in Paris in 1893.
The medal is from 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

Set in a mount.
The medallion depicts the bust to the right. Inscription around the border.

Place of Origin

Augsburg (made)

Date

1530 (made)

Artist/maker

Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Boxwood

Marks and inscriptions

'MARGERITA MVLLIER A GYSEL ANNO XXIX'
Margarethe, wife of A. Gysel aged 29
Latin; Obverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.3 cm, Diameter: 70 mm with mount

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.

Spitzer Collection. Frédéric Spitzer (b. 1815; d. 1890) was born in Vienna, and settled in Paris in 1852. He amassed a large collection of works of art, which were housed in l'hotel de la rue Villejust, known as the Musée Spitzer. The collection was auctioned in Paris in 1893.

Historical context note

This may have been a model for a medal, although no medals after it are known.

Descriptive line

Medallion, boxwood, Margarethe Gysel, by Christoph Weiditz, Germany (Augsburg), ca. 1530

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. 81
Habich, catalog, I, 1, p. 61, no. 381, pl. L, l.

Production Note

Germany

Materials

Boxwood

Subjects depicted

Bust

Categories

Portraits; Medallions

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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