1777 B. Franklin Américain Portrait Medallion. Fur Cap. By Jean-Baptiste Nini. Margolis-17, Greenslet GM-5, Betts-548. Terracotta. Nearly Mint State.Medallion: 112.5 mm. 176.0 grams; frame: approximately 9 inches in diameter and 1.25 inches thick. Obverse in lower relief than seen on the medallion in the previous lot, with four rosettes and a single stop in the legend, the rosettes even with the midpoints of the adjacent letters, and the lone stop being the single period after B in Franklins name. Signed and dated once on the truncation, incuse and sharp, to the left of the usual small coat of arms. Dated a second time in the field just below the truncation. No rim pellet at 12 oclock, and no fleur de lys on the reverse. The usual suspension hole at 12 oclock, passing through the edge just above, and invisible from the front.<p>Lovely light orange terracotta with an essentially flawless appearance. This piece was sold in our March 2023 sale and upon casual study appeared to be in a contemporary wood framing, though the assembly was loose. After the sale, the medallion was removed allowing for more complete examination. It was then professionally reset into the frame, which has a handsome contemporary aesthetic but is in fact likely of the 20th century. Helpfully, this examination has removed any uncertainty about the quality of the medallion. The reverse has some unevenness and a couple of small adhesive tabs attached, but only one minuscule chip, about a millimeter in length is noted in the back rim. This is about as nice as these are ever seen, and the framing makes for a very attractive display - the original intention of the maker, and the typical use of these medallions in the 18th century. An exceptional specimen of this immensely historic work of art celebrating Franklin when he was the American Congress official Minister to France, working to gain French support for the American Revolution.From the Martin Logies Collection; our Spring 2023 Auction, March, lot 2036.