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Ivory medallions with portraits of King Jan III Sobieski and Maria Kazimiera

Unknown artist1801/1900

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

Both medallions are oval-shaped portraits carved of ivory, in a gilded octagonal frame with a semicircular suspension hook.
One of them depicts King Jan III Sobieski. He is portrayed without a crown, wearing a coat and a karacena, i.e. armour made of iron scales. An inscription on the back side: “Johannes III D.G. / Rex Polonia. Magni. / Dux Lith”.
The other portrait shows Maria Kazimiera de La Grange d’Arquien, wife of King Jan III Sobieski. She is wearing a dress with puff sleeves, and a low neckline. There are strings of pearls on her neck, and her hair is artfully curled. An inscription on the back side: “Maria Casimira D.G. / Regina Polonia et / Magn. Duc. Lith.”

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  • Title: Ivory medallions with portraits of King Jan III Sobieski and Maria Kazimiera
  • Creator: Unknown artist
  • Date created: 1801/1900
  • Physical Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.7 cm;, 7.7 x 5.9 cm
  • Provenance: Purchased from the bequest of Dr. Józef Malejko from New York.
  • Type: Jewellery
  • Medium: Carved ivory, gold

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