Collection of Benjamin Weiss
ANTOINE DE Loménie
by (?): France, 1616, Bronze (cast), 52 mm
Antoine de Loménie (1559-1638) held the position of Les secrétaires d'État de la Maison du Roi – Secretary of State of the King's Household – from 1606-1638, and seigneur de la Ville aux Clercs – Secretary of State for the Navy – from 1613 to 1615, during the reign of Louis XIII. He was one of the early French patrons of medallic art. There is an invaluable collection of the affairs of state during his period which was placed in the Library of King Louis XIV. Transcripts of French State Papers, collected by Antoine de Loménie and copied for Jean Baptiste Colberto, are housed in the British Library Manuscript Collections as the Loménie Collection.