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Estimate: 800 GBP   |   Starting price: 640 GBP Price realized: 1'150 GBP
WORLD COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS. USA. Lou is-Marie, Vicomte de Noailles (1756-1804), French General and Politician, who served under Lafayette in North America and negotiated Cornwallis’s surrender after Yorktown in 1781, Wedgwood Creamware Portrait Medallion, c.1790, bewigged bust to right, tied in a queue, 87.5mm x 66.5mm, stamped WEDGWOOD on back (Reilly & Savage, 1973, p.260, “previously unrecorded”). Made with a small piercing to the top (a slight chip where it penetrates the back), much as made and exceptionally r are . De Noailles, the second son of Marshal de Mouchy, had served in America with Lafayette, his cousin and brother-in-law. He fought with d’Estaing at Savannah, and was present throughout the Yorktown campaign in Virginia where h e was entrusted by Washington to be one of those who negotiated the terms of the final surrender. Following his service in the American Revolution he returned to France and w as elected in 1789 to the States-General. He presided over the Constituent Assembly in 1791 and proposed the abolition of titles and liveries of the nobility. Noailles fled to America (by way of England) when the reign of terror started, where he became a wealthy partner in Bingham’s Bank in Philadelphia. He left the bank to accept a command against the English in San Domingo. He was sailing for Havana in Cuba when he encountered a British man-of-war. Although he won the action, he was shot in the chest and died shortly after reaching Havana. The cataloguers are unaware of any metal medallic portraits of de Noailles, nor have they been able to trace any other examples in Creamware in public collections. The portrait is taken from an engraving by Jean-Baptiste Verité. His painting by Gilbert Stuart hangs in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, whilst the action in which he was killed was painted by Jean Gudin. £800-1200

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