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Portrait Medallion of Elizabeth Eyre (1659-1705): M.12-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Portrait Medallion of Elizabeth Eyre (1659-1705)


Sculptor: Le Marchand, David




Ivory, carved in low relief. Oval with a bust of a lady, extraordinarily well-carved, in profile to dexter. Her hair is tied in a knot at the back, with a single coil resting on her shoulder. Inscribed on the back: 'DOMINA ELIZABETHA EYRE/M.D.C.C.'.


History note: The Rt Hon. Lord Chesham; sold Sotheby's, 10 December 1946, Catalogue of Antique Snuffboxes, Miniatures, Ivory Medallions . . . , including the property of the Rt Hon. Lord Chesham . . . , p. 8, lot 73.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 3 3/4 in
Width: 3 1/4 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1946-12-14) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, Early
Production date: dated AD 1700 : the date is given as part of the inscription


David Le Marchand, born in Dieppe, worked mainly in England.

The sitter, Elizabeth Eyre, was the daughter of Sir Anthony Chester of Chichely. She married Charles Nicholas Eyre (d.1713), and is buried in Chichester Cathedral. Le Marchand also portrayed in 1700 Charles Chester Eyre, probably their son.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

African Ivory

Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, carved in low relief

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.12-1946
Primary reference Number: 31630
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 27 February 2024 Last processed: Tuesday 27 February 2024

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

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