Decoration Commemorating the Birth of the "King of Rome"


The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

A gold eagle grasps in its talons thunderbolts between which hangs a medal by Bertrand Andrieu and André Galle commemorating the birth of the "King of Rome," in 1811. On the obverse of the medal are the double portraits of Napoleon I and Marie Louise and, on the reverse, the portrait of their infant son, Napoleon Francis Joseph Charles (1811-1832), the "King of Rome."


  • Title: Decoration Commemorating the Birth of the "King of Rome"
  • Creator: Medal: André Galle (French, 1761-1844)
  • Date Created: 1811
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Medal: André Galle (French, 1761-1844), Artist: Medal: Bertrand Andrieu (French, 1761-1822)
  • Provenance: Marshal H. G. Bertrand (1773-1844) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Pierre Sichel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1892, by purchase [together with other Napoleonic memorabilia]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: medals; pendants
  • Medium: gold
  • Inscriptions: [Transcription] obverse: Andrieu F.; reverse: NAPOLEON F.J.C. ROI DE ROME GALLE / XX MARS / MDCCCXI
  • Exhibitions: Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Dimensions: H: 1 1/4 x Diam of medal: 5/8 in. (3.2 x 1.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1892
  • Classification: Gold, Silver & Jewelry
  • Accession Number: 57.951

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