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This is a medallion. It was designed by Jean-Baptiste Nini and subject: Benjamin Franklin. It is dated 1777 and we acquired it in 1941. Its medium is molded terracotta. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Mrs. J. Insley Blair. It is credited Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 1.7 × 12 cm (11/16 × 4 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Marked on back with a fleur-de-lys impressed

It is signed

Nini F. 1777, with the date repeated in relief

Cite this object as

Medallion; Designed by Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, active Italy and France, 1717 - 1786); Subject: Benjamin Franklin (American, 1706 - 1790); molded terracotta; H x diam.: 1.7 × 12 cm (11/16 × 4 3/4 in.); Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair; 1941-68-1

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