NETHERLANDS, The Dutch Republic. Medal (Silver, 73.6mm, 135.29 g 12), on the death of G. van der Lynden in 1677, by an unknown engraver with the signature RI, 1677. PROSPICE DVM PROSPERA (=while prosperous be prudent) Prudentia standing facing, but with her head to left, wearing long robes and with her breasts bare, holding, in her right hand, a mirror into which she gazes and, in her left, the handle of a sash attached to a bracelet around the right wrist of a female figure standing behind her. This female figure (Fortuna?) stands facing on a small globe; her feet are winged and she wears transparent patterned drappery covering her from the waist downwards; she has a curious headdress, a blindfold and her five breasts are bare; she holds a palm in her right hand and a cornucopiae in her left; behind Fortuna, flowering plants and a calm sea; behind Prudentia, a rough sea, a ‘Viking’ galley and a rocky coast assailed by lightning; at Prudentia’s feet to left, ligate signtature RI (or RN?) on rock. Rev. Urn, inscribed .P.M. / GERARDI / VAN DER / LYNDEN / ƆIC IƆCLXXVII and encircled by the Ouroboros serpent, draped by a veil held by two winged putti; one, on the left, weeping and the other, on the right, wearing a garment covered in stars, holding two olive branches and clutching a column; on the right, fluted urn; on the left, altar; on the ground below, extinguished torches, a smoking lamp, a caduceus, a laureate skull, some bones, and a ribbon inscribed Ætat LXXIX; in the background, cypress trees. A.J. Bemolt van Lochum Slaterus, Nederlandse familienpenningen (Zutphen, 1981), 313. Teyler’s Museum TMNK 00944a (same types, but cast in copper). Van Loon III, p. 257, 1 (obverse). A splendid, boldly struck medal, beautifully toned. Very minor edge bang on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13000 CHF
Estimate: 5500 CHF