Benjamin Franklin in Terra Cotta: Portrait Medallions by Jean-Baptiste Nini at the Chateau of Chaumont
by Margolis, Richard
Gahanna, Ohio: Kolbe & Fanning, 2015. First Edition. Hardcover. VG. Terra cotta cloth, gilt letters on spine, tan & illus. dust jacket, 232 pp., color & BW illus. Details the terra cotta portrait medallions depicting Benjamin Franklin, fashioned from the soil of France in the late 1770s by Italian sculptor and medalist Jean-Baptiste Nini (1717-1786). "Nini's earliest plaster medallions and moulds are initially described, followed by a lengthy and detailed catalogue of those in terra cotta, including a few of the frequently encountered aftercasts. The Plates illustrate all of the Franklin portraits, in plaster and in terra cotta. A lengthy section provides an overview of many later copies of Nini's medallions, and nine appendices examine numerous aspects of his portrait medallions, including one which pays hmage to the prominent collectors of the past who considered Nini medallions worthy of inclusion in their collections." (dj) Also includes "Medallions of Franklin and of American Interest by Jean Martin Renaud; Original Models for the Libertas Americana Medal in Terra Cotta by Clodion and in Plaster by Augustin Dupre." (additional subtitle) Handsomely done, and an uncommon volume.
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