Portrait medallion of Benjamin Franklin (Nini/Vallayer), 1778-1779
Collection of Stuart E....
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Collection of Stuart E. Karu. Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Chaumont sur Loire, France
Jean Baptiste Nini, Anne Vallayer-Coster
Terra cotta; Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Collection of Stuart E. Karu
France's recognition of the new United States as an independent foreign power, and Franklin as its ranking minister, gave Nini the impetus to release yet another representation of Franklin: as a statesman in the classical mode.
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