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Medallion: M.61-1904

Object information

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Production: Unknown (Uncertain)




Circular portrait medallion of a half-length figure in relief. The figure is set obliquely to the picture plane and the face is seen in a three-quarter view turned to the left. Both arms are depicted in high relief and in the right hand she holds a flower. Her collar is furlined and her head-dress is in the elaborate court style, both of which bear traces of gilding. To the left of her head is scratched '1430' in a rude style and is also gilded.


History note: Hollingworth Magniac; sold Christie, Manson & Woods, 2 July, 4 July and following days, Catalogue of the Renowned Collection of Works of Art, chiefly formed by the late Hollingoworth Magniac, Esq., (Known as the Colworth Collection), p. 86, lot 264, a pair of of circular medallions. Sold to McClean for £3.3.0.

Legal notes

McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 3.0 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


15th century
16th century
17th Century
Circa 1400 CE - Circa 1800 CE


The style of portraiture and drapery treatment is not consistent with the usual practice of the first half of the 15th century.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Alabaster, carved in relief with traces of gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Isabelle de Portugal, epouse de phillippe
  • Location: Stuck onto the back
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 618
  • Location: To the left of her arm
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: in a rude style

  • Text: 1430
  • Location: Left of her head
  • Method of creation: Scratched

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.61-1904
Primary reference Number: 31340
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 September 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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