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Antonio Lazari (Antonio Lazzari) (active 1709 - 1734); Giovanni Candida (G. di Salvatore Filangieri) (before 1450 - after 1495)


Francois de Valois

Creation Date



16th century


2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm.)



Creation Place

Europe, Italy

Medium and Support


Credit Line

Gift of Amanda Marchesa Molinari


Public Domain

Accession Number


Object Description

22 FRANQOIS, Duke of Valois (1494-1547), afterwards King Francis I 1504

Obv. Bust to right. Around, . FRANCOIS . DVC . DE . VALOIS . COMTE . DANGOLESME . AV . X . AN . D . S . EA
Rev. Salamander amid flames. Around, . NOTRISCO . ALBVONO . STINGO . EL REO . MCCCCCIIII
Bronze, 65 mm.

The salamander has the power to extinguish fire without burning. It first appears here as the device of Francis I. The device was inherited from Francis' father, Charles de Valois, due d'Angouleme, who died in 1496. The medal has a pendant piece of Louise de Savoie and her daughter Marguerite de Valois-Angouleme (Corpus, no. 852). Bought at auction, Hotel Drouet, Paris, 15 June 1923, Lot 2, pl. I.

Bibl: Corpus, no. 848; Arm. 2, p. 187, 1 (as French); Kress, no. 232; Habich, pl. 62, 10; Fabriczy, p. 165, pl. 33, 5; Mazerolle, no. 68; Supino, no. 814; Tresor Fr. i, pl. 6, 4; Van Mieris i, p. 378; Tervarent, cols. 333-34 (for the salamander device).

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