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Philip V of Spain

  • Object:

    Medallion

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory

  • Museum number:

    A.44-1928

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This medallion depicting King Philip V of Spain (1683-1746; ruled 1700-January 1724, and September 1724-1746) was probably made by a French sculptor active in Spain in about 1701-5. This is in ivory and the king is shown wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Order of Saint Esprit. The portrait is likely to have been made shortly after Philip ascended the throne of Spain in 1701.

  • Physical description

    Oval carved ivory medallion with a portrait of Philip V of Spain. The King is shown in profile facing left, wearing a long flowing wig and the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Order of Saitn Esprit over a cuirass and a mantle.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 8 cm

  • Object history note

    Bought for £11 0s. 6d. (10 1/2 guineas) from Messrs Foster, 54 Pall Mall, London SW1 (auctioned 29 November 1928, lot 29) in 1928.

  • Descriptive line

    Medallion, carved ivory, portrait of King Philip V of Spain, probably by a French sculptor active in Spain, French, ca. 1701-5

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

    Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1929, Part II, p. 78, pl. LXXIII
    Victoria and Albert Museum, Review of the Principal Acquisitions During the Year 1928. London, p. 9
    Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 244

  • Collection code

    Sculpture Collection