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William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau (1709-1751)

Relief
1st half 18th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This portrait medallion in wax depicts Willian IV, Price of Orange Nassau (1711-1751). It is mounted in a painted and gilt wood frame.
Wax is used as a sculpting material for preliminary models and for works in their own right. It is quick and easy to shape, yet also cheap. Once softened, it is modelled in a similar way to clay, with the composition built up gradually. To enhance the wax, pigment can be added before moulding and pearls or other jewels can be embedded in the surface afterwards. Wax was first used to make works of art, as opposed to models, in Italy around 1510.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wax
Brief Description
Relief, wax, William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Dutch, first half of the 18th century
Physical Description
Oval portrait medallion, bust to right. In painted and gilt wood frame.
Dimensions
  • Relief height: 3 7/8in
  • Relief width: 3in
  • Frame height: 7 1/2in
  • Frame width: 3 5/8in
Credit line
Murray Bequest
Object history
From the Murray bequest.
Production
The frame is of a later date.
Subject depicted
Summary
This portrait medallion in wax depicts Willian IV, Price of Orange Nassau (1711-1751). It is mounted in a painted and gilt wood frame.

Wax is used as a sculpting material for preliminary models and for works in their own right. It is quick and easy to shape, yet also cheap. Once softened, it is modelled in a similar way to clay, with the composition built up gradually. To enhance the wax, pigment can be added before moulding and pearls or other jewels can be embedded in the surface afterwards. Wax was first used to make works of art, as opposed to models, in Italy around 1510.
Associated Object
A.1061-1910 (Ensemble)
Bibliographic References
  • Reilly, R and Savage, G. Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, London, Barrie & Jenkins 1973p.343
  • '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. 161
Collection
Accession Number
A.1060-1910

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record createdMarch 5, 2004
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