A pewter marriage plate celebrating the union of Henry IV and Marie de MediciA pewter marriage plate celebrating the union of Henry IV and Marie de MediciA pewter marriage plate celebrating the union of Henry IV and Marie de MediciA pewter marriage plate celebrating the union of Henry IV and Marie de MediciA pewter marriage plate celebrating the union of Henry IV and Marie de MediciA pewter marriage plate celebrating the union of Henry IV and Marie de MediciA pewter marriage plate celebrating the union of Henry IV and Marie de Medici

A very well cast and chased pewter, possibly 18th c., bas relief commemorative plate of the marriage of Henry IV (Navarre) and Marie de Medici (1573). This marriage followed the conversion of Henry from Calvinism to Catholicism which cleared the way for him to assume the French throne and ended the religious wars that began with the massacre of 10s of thousands of Huguenots by the Catholic crown on St. Bartholemew's Day (1572).
Therefore, the dove of peace is placed at the apex of the scene and a putto is shown holding the king's war helmet. The Latin inscription, PROPAGO IMPERII, meaning something like "rightful transfer of lineage or power".
Around the rim of the plate are the initials H.H. and a set of fleur de lis representing the King of France.
At the base of the plate is the artist's name: G. Dupres.
The touchmark on the back is a crown with three crosses and two fleur de lis above a rose. The letters E and B are within the crown. Below the roses is EFres which I assume is "E" brothers. A small round hook is attached for affixing to the wall. The back of the plate appears to have been cut with a knife.

Condition: Very good. A few slight abrasions.

Dimensions: 12-inch diameter x 1/2 inch high.

Weight: 4 pounds.

Item ID: 114199

A pewter marriage plate celebrating the union of Henry IV and Marie de Medici

$750 USD


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