TERRACOTTA BAS-RELIEF PORTRAIT MEDALLION OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BY JEAN BAPTISTE NINI (ITALIAN 1717-1787).
Inscribed in raised lettering around the center “B. FRANKLIN. AMERICAIN,” signed “NINI” with crowned cartouche and dated 1777 beneath the shoulder, l.r. Diameter 4 ½ inches.
Literature: An identical medallion is discussed and illustrated in David & Linda Arman, “Anglo-American Ceramics,” Part I, p. 231, AI.9.