Medal Peace of Luneville, Issued by France, 1801 (later commemorative)
Artist: Benjamin Duvivier
Minted by Paris Mint
Bust of Bonaparte, head bare, facing left; around, BONAPARTE PREMIER CONSUL, GENERAL A MARENGO.; below bust in small lettering, B. DU VIVIER F.
At centre standing below a palm tree, France facing, in her riight hand, olive branches; she is surrounded by four river-gods; the two on the left hold amphora from which water flows, one inscribed RHIN, the other, DANUBE; one of the gods on the right has an empty amphora inscribed LE PO, the other holds a rudder inscribed TIBRE; around above LA FRANCE VICTORIEUSE; in exergue, PAIX CONTINENTALE / A LUNEVILLE / AN 9; the artist's initials, D.V. at the right side of the exergue
"After several armistices had been entered into between Austria and the French Republic, and as often suffered to expire from the jarring interests of the different powers, Austria at length found it necessary to enter into a treaty for peace, separate and alone, which after many delays, was definitively agreed upon between the first Consul of the French Republic and the Emperor. This treaty was concluded at Luneville, in February, 1801. ... It agreed, first, that there was to be a permanent peace between the French Republic and the Emperor; the Belgic provinces, Falkenstein and its dependencies; the Frickthal, and all that belongs to the house of Austria on the left bank of the Rhine, between Zurzach and Basle, to be given up to the French. Istria, Dalmatia, and the Venetian Isles dependant on those countries; the Bocca di Cattaro, the city of Venice, the Adriatic sea, and the Adige from its leaving the Tyrol to the mouth of the said sea, to belong to the Emperor, the towing path of the Adige, being the line of limitation. Draw-bridges to be established in the middle of the cities of Verona and Porto Legnano, to mark the separation of this line ..." Laskey, p.45-46.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
80.47 g (Weight)