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Medal - Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette
  • Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette
    Weiditz, Christoph
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Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1530s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The portrait is linked with a painting of the same sitter by Hans Holbein the Younger (b. 1497-8; d. 1543) in Dresden. It might have been made when Solier was serving as the French ambassador in London and could have sat for Holbein, then court artist to Henry VIII.
It seem likely that Weiditz used Holbein's image as the basis for his piece. This is the only known piece by Weiditz based on the work of another artist.
Charles de Solier was born in 1480, and the carving gives his age as 50. He was from a Piedmontese family and in his youth served as a page at the court of Charles VIII of France, and later became a courtier to Francis I. In 1534 he was Francis's ambassador at the court of Henry VIII.

Physical description

Medallion depicts on the obverse the bust looking to the left of Charles de Solier. Inscription. Reverse a horse prancing on a sea shore; below a dolphin. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1530s (made)


Weiditz, Christoph (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette at the age of 50
Latin; Obverse

Fortune schools men, and virtue adorns them
Latin; Reverse


Diameter: 5.9 cm

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.

Suhle suggested that the horse on the reverse symbolises virtue, while the dolphin represents fortune.

Descriptive line

Medallion, boxwood, Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette, by Christoph Weiditz, Germany, 1530s

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990. 128p., ill. ISBN 1851770135.
Rowlands, J. Holbein: The Paintings of Hans Holbein the Younger, Oxford, 1985, p. 87, fig 17 and p. 142
Habich, catalog, I, 1, p. 64, no. 398, pl. LII, 3
Scher, Stephen K, The Currency of fame: portrait medals of the Renaissance, New York, National Gallery of Art (U.S.), Frick Collection., 1994
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 77, pl. 118
Reid, Barbara, Leslie Rivett and Margarette Lincoln, Henry VIII at Greenwich, London: National Maritime Museum, 1991.



Subjects depicted

Sea; Bust; Allegory; Horse; Dolphin


Portraits; Medallions; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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