The Italian medallist Francesco Bertinetti, known as François Bertinet, was active in Paris from 1653 to 1686. He worked as a private secretary for Nicolas Fouquet, French Minister of Finance. An identical bronze medallion can be seen in the Cabinet des médailles in Paris and another version is in the V&A museum in London.
Fairly good condition overall with a quite consistent wear to the patina and remains of what could be an old black lacquer. A small casting flaw is visible to the lower edge of the bust. Some oxidation is visible all over the surface. Minor oxidation is visible to the gilt bronze frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."