Chaumont Sur Loire, France
Jean Baptiste Nini, Thomas Walpole
Terra cotta; Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Benjamin Franklin Cabinet (Chevy Chase, Md.)
Franklin was a celebrity in Paris even before his arrival in 1777, and medallions from the faience pottery at Chaumont (owned by Franklin's host, Donatien LeRay de Chaumont) were among the earliest portraits of him made in France.