Jean-Baptiste Nini, Relief portrait medallion of Louis XV, dated 1770
A very fine late 18thc French Terracotta portrait plaque medallion,
depicting Louis XV of France,
by Jean-Baptiste Nini (1717-1786)
signed and dated 1770
TITLED: LUDOVICUS XV REX CHRISTIANISSIMUS - MDCCLXX
Signed: J B NINI F 1770 (incised on tranche)
This important cast terracotta plaque (terre de Chaumont) was created by "a technique of his own invention...Nini refined the local clay through a process of elutriation and used it to cast his medallions from finely engraved copper molds" (MET).
Measuring 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in) in diameter
18thc French terracotta portrait relief of Louis XV, by Jean-Baptiste Nini, 1770
An identical example on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) accession number 52.189.10.
An identical example at Christies (New York) Dalva Brothers: Parisian Taste in New York, 22 October 2020, lot 163.
An identical example, along with a relief of Marie Theresa by Nini, at Christies (New York) Important French and Continental Furniture & Works of Art, 22 May 2002, lot 301.
A. Cerboni Baiardi, B. Sibille, Nini, D'Urbino aux rives de la Loire, Paysages et visages européens, cat. exp., Milan, 2001, pp. 192-195, n° 75.