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Medallion of Hercules and the Nemean Lion: C.115-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Medallion of Hercules and the Nemean Lion


Factory: Wedgwood, Josiah
Modeller: Flaxman, John




Jasper, white with dark blue wash on both sides and white relief. Almond-shaped with lapidary polished edge. Hercules facing to left, strangling the Nemean lion.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

L.C.D. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Length: 3.4 cm
Width: 1.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England
  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


George III
18th Century, Late
Circa 1780 CE - 1795 CE


The medallion of Hercules strangling the Nemean Lion was derived from a model supplied by Flaxman in 1775, and appears in the 1777 Wedgwood & Bentley Catalogue . . . as no. 103, a large 8 x 6 in oval medallion.

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Materials used in production

Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.115-1961
Primary reference Number: 11460
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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