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Catalog Number 01.C.30a-b
Object Name Hook
Title Pendant Hooks with Portraits of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
Artist Unknown
Description Pair of brass pendants with profile portraits of Louis XVI (b) and Marie Antoinette (a). Portraits are in oval frames adorned by leaves and berries along the top perimeter. Large bows at top are attached to metal loops. Hooks with wings are attached to the bottom of the portrait oval.
Label Little is known about these pendant hooks, which have no markings on them. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were often depicted in profile, facing each other. A medal issued to commemorate their marriage in 1770 shows the couple in a similar fashion. Benjamin Franklin was a favorite of Louis XVI while he was in Paris as ambassador from America. France supported America's revolution, largely due to Franklin's presence and success at court, but the king and queen became victims of their own country’s revolution when the monarchy of France was abolished in 1792. Both were executed by guillotine in 1793.
Material Brass
Dimensions H-3 W-1.875 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms women
France
French