Claude Renoir, nicknamed "Coco" often posed for the artist particularly during Renoir's late period. This medallion, conceived in 1907, "was intended to decorate the fireplace of the dining room in Cagnes" at the family's home (Haesaerts, op. cit. p. 19). Compared to the other Bust of Coco which is almost primitive in nature with an irregular outline, this medallion was carved as a unified portrait in the round.