1811 French Napoleonic Cast Bronze Medal, Baptism of Napoleon Bonaparte's Son by Jean-Bertrand Andrieu
Description: An about uncirculated or better 1811 cast bronze large and heavy medal. This is a medal commemorating the baptism of Napoleon Bonaparte's son the King of Rome. This medal depicts the bust of Napoleon facing left on the obverse and the image of Napoleon holding his baby son above a baptismal font on the reverse. The reverse also has a winged lion's head and a bible at the foot of the font. It has the words "BAPTEME DU ROI DE ROME: MD CCC XI" (Baptism of the King of Rome 1811). This is a late re-strike by the Paris mint as the original strike did not have the bust of Bonaparte but rather just an inscription on the obverse. This combination of obverse and reverse appear to indicate the medal was struck in the years 1880-1901. The medal is signed by Bertrand Andrieu at the bottom edge of Napoleon's bust on the obverse with the word "DENON D." in the field below the bust. The reverse is also signed ANDRIEU FACIT (made by Andrieu). There is also the name "LAFITTE DEL." on the bottom edge of the floor on which the emperor is standing, suggesting that Lafitte also participated in the design of the medal. The medal is also stamped on the edge with the word BRONZE and a shape in front of it, which we believe is a Cornucopia but is not clear. The Museum Victoria, in Melbourne Australia, has a similar medal in their collection and it is attributed as a re-strike with the artist being Andrieu and Lafitte. The medal has a beautiful matte finish and great high relief. This is an absolutely great looking medal with a great design. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information: This medal was designed by the French sculptor and medalist Jean-Bertrand Andrieu (1761-1822). The medal commemorates the baptism of the King of Rome, Napoleon Bonaparte's son in 1811.
Date: 1811 but the medal is later strike sometime between 1880-1901.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Weight and Size: The medal weigh over 5.4 ounces or 154 grams and is ~68 mm in diameter.
Marks: Signed Andrieu and Lafitte and has (Cornucopia?) Bronze stamped on the edge.
Reference: Br.1125; Julius 2462; d’E.1360. Also Museum Victoria Reg. No: NU 33425.
Condition: I would grade the medal as about uncirculated with all the details being intact and the high point with minimum wear if any. The medal is nicely toned. It has some scratches and some minor nicks to the surface. Other than that the piece is problem free. Please view photos for additional condition information.