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Portrait Medallion of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723): C.1-1948

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

Portrait Medallion of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723)

Maker(s)

Factory: Wedgwood
Le Marchand, David (After)

Entities

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Description

Jasper, solid pale blue with white relief, inscribed in gold 'Christopher Wren'. Bust portrait in high relief in profile to right, with the inscription below the truncation. The back is incised 'Sir Ch.r Wren', and has nine small holes behind the bust. The edge of the medallion is curved and slopes outwards towards the back edge.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs F. W. Green

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.2 cm
Width: 8.8 cm

Relative size of this object

8.8 cm11.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948-02-20) by Green, F. W., Mrs

Dating

Circa 1860 - 1900

Note

This portrait was based on an ivory relief by David Le Marchand (1674-1726) of c. 1723, now in the National Portrait Gallery. It was engraved in reverse by S. Coignand for C. Wren, junior, Parentalia, 1750. See Documentation.

School or Style

Baroque

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Relief

Materials used in production

Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: Christopher Wren
  • Location: Below the truncation
  • Method of creation: Gold
  • Text: Sir Ch.r Wren
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Incised

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1948
Primary reference Number: 11435
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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