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Princess Pauline Borghese

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1813 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Andrieu, Bertrand (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jack E. Ladevèze

  • Museum number:

    A.21-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This medal, together with five others (A.18-2005-A.20-2005, A.22-2005 - another version of this medal - and A.23-2005) was issued by the Paris Mint between 1808 and 1813, and all are based on ancient Greek coins, offering an insight into the 'after life' of commemorative medals. These medals appear to have been collected together and modified with a bar attached on the reverse to turn them into buttons. It may be that they were intended to be worn prominently on a garment to indicate the wearer's devotion to Napoleon Bonaparte and his female relatives. This one shows Princess Pauline Borghese, sister of Napoleon, and the reverse shows the three Graces.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    'AN'
    Obverse, initials of the artist (Andrieu)

    Legend in Greek characters
    Beautiful, as is our Queen
    Reverse

  • Dimensions

    Diameter: 2.3 cm, Weight: 7.1 g

  • Historical context note

    Issued by La Monnaie de Paris as a medal in 1808, this medal has a metal strip fixed to the reverse

  • Descriptive line

    Medal, Princess Pauline Borghese, struck silver, by Bertrand Andrieu, French, 19th century, 1813

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

    Catalogue Générale Illustré des Éditions de la Monnaie de Paris, Vol 2, p. 82, E, illstr. p.83, E.
    Vandenbrouck-Przybylski, Melanie, ' 'These should without delay be represented in our museum' Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French medals at the V&A', The Medal, No.61, Autumn 2012, pp. 21-37, fig. 20

  • Collection code

    Sculpture Collection