Baptism of the King of Rome Sulphide
Factory unknown, circa 1811-1850
Diameter: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 inches) Height: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 inches)
Two-sided sulphide medallion of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte holding infant King of Rome over font; inscription below reads: "BAPTEME DU ROI DE ROME/M.DCCCXI," "ANDRIEU FECIT" inscribed to the left; domed face on each side; edges cut with spiral gadrooning
Bertrand Andreiu (1761 - 1822), was an engraver and medallist who engraved many of the portraits of Napoleon that were used in a series of medals and coins after 1800.
The reverse side of the medallion is inscribed "A L'EMPEREUR/LES BONNES VILLES/DE L'EMPIRE" encircled by two rings of castellated buildings, each inscribed with the names of Paris, Rome, and Nice, etc.
Photo by Marlin Roos, Illinois State Museum