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Medallion of the Belvedere Antinous: MAR.C.16A-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Medallion of the Belvedere Antinous


Factory: Wedgwood & Bentley




Jasper, pale blue with darker blue wash on the upper surface, and white relief. Oval with figure of Antinous standing on a semi-circular pedestal beside a palm trunk.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.3 cm
Width: 6.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1775 - 1780


The Belvedere Antinous, also known as Hercules, Meleager, Theseus and Mercury in the late eighteenth century, was considered one of the most perfect representa┬Čtions of the male nude. The Wedgwood relief has had the arms restored - one is partly and the other almost totally lacking on the original. Antinous is not listed in the 1779 Wedgwood & Bentley, Catalogue . . ., prob┬Čably because it was given one of the other names.

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Materials used in production

Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.16A-1912
Primary reference Number: 11357
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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