Louis-Marie Sicardi (or Sicardy)
Watercolor on ivory, gold, glass; separate wreath-like silver frame; red sharkskin case; H. 2 3/8 in. (6.0 cm), W. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm), D. 3/8 in. (1.0 cm)
American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
On Franklin's departure from France for the United States in 1785, he was presented by King Louis XVI a miniature portrait of the king, surrounded by diamonds. The giving of such a gift to a departing dignitary was a convention, but the quality of the brooch indicates the high regard in which Franklin was held by the king.