Bronze medal with brown patina and slight traces of gilding, Charles de l'Aubépine, his death, by Josias Belle (Paris, 1627 - 1695), 1653. A/*CAROLVS. DE. LAVBESPINE. CVST. SIGILLI. GALLIÆ. MARC. DE. CHASTEAVNEVF 1653. Left profile bust of Charles de l'Aubépine with the cordon of the order of the Holy Spirit R/* HOC. MONIMENTVM. DABIT. NOMEN. ÆTERNVM. Justice sitting on a throne leaning on a medallion with the portrait of Charles de L'Aubépine. Rare, old cast iron Diameter : 9 cm (Slight wear, missing ram, pierced at the top) A copy is kept in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, inv. MedFr158. Charles de L'Aubépine (1580-1653), marquis of Châteauneuf-sur-Cher, was ambassador, chancellor of the King's orders and then keeper of the seals from 1630 to 1633 and from 1650 to 1651. The goldsmith and medallist Josias Belle is one of the most talented artists who worked for Louis XIV. He was responsible for the gold cases of clocks and pendulums, as well as for cameo and vase mounts of great refinement. Article consulted: M. Bimbenet-Privat, "Josias Belle, orfèvre virtuose de Louis XIV" in L' E 0 A, n°347, May 2000, p 74-82.