Commemorative Medal Gallery

The medals shown below are all good examples of Art Deco or Art Nouveau design.

 

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Elie Jean Vezien - Commemorative Bronze Medal - 25th Anniversary of the Marseille International Fair - Stock No. M1

Elie Jean Vezien (1890 -1982)

Born in Marseille, France in 1890. He was a student of Jules Félix Coutan and Auguste Henri Carli.

 

Beginning in 1921 Vezien exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français, where he was a member of the Sociétaire hors-Concours. He won the Prix de Rome and an honorable mention in 1921. He won a silver medal in 1924 and gold medal in 1931. He was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1935. Vezien won a gold medal in 1937 at l’Exposition Internationale de Paris. He was the designer of the decoration in the chapel of the Ossuaire de Douaumont.

 

He was director of Beaux-Arts de Marseille from 1942 -1961.

 

Vezien’s work is in the collection of the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris.

This medal commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Marseille International Fair.

 

Material: Bronze.

Weight: 185gm

Diameter: 68mm

 

Obverse: Depiction of Cyptis offering the cup to Protis. “Fondation de Marseille 600 years BC”.

 

Reverse: inscribed 25 Anniversary of the Marseille International Fair 1924 – 1949.

 

Bears Paris Mint Horn of Plenty mark and stamped Bronze.

 

This medal was struck in 1949.

Louis Patriache - Commemorative Bronze Medal - Allied Victory Parade 1919 - Stock No. M2

Louis Patriache (1872- 1955)

Not much is known about this medallist. He was born in Corsica and studied with Barrias and Vernon, and Hippolyte Lefebvre, exhibiting regularly at the Paris Salon from 1901 and at the New York International Medallic Exhibition in 1910.

 

 

This bronze medal commemorates the Allied Victory Parade held on the Champs Elysees on 14 July 1919 to celebrate the end of the First World War in which all of the Allies were represented.

There is an example of this medal in the V & A Museum.

 

Material: Bronze.

Weight: 100gm

Diameter: 60mm

 

Obverse: The front depicts Victory. The olive branch in the left hand symbolises peace and the laurel branch in her right victory.

 

Reverse: Arc de Triumphe, Paris, with cavalry and cheering crowds, bordered by oak leaves at left and laurel at right. The crowd applauds the militry procession.

 

Bears Paris Mint Horn of Plenty mark and stamped Bronze.

 

This medal was struck in 1919.

Marcel Claude Renard - Commemorative Bronze Medal - La Seine Fleuve - Stock No. M3

Marcel Claude Renard (1893 - 1974)

Renard, French sculptor and medalist, studied in Lyon under his father Leopold Renard, then under Jean-Marie Boucher (1870-1939) and Auguste Patey (1855-1930) at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

This bronze medal commemorates the River Seine.

Signed Marcel Renard 1936.

 

Material: Bronze.

Weight: 105gm

Diameter: 58mm

 

Obverse: Lady carrying an urn against a ship motif. Inscribed "La Seine Fleuve"

 

Reverse: Holly and laurel leaves surrounding an inscription "M G Foucher 1950".

 

Bears Paris Mint Horn of Plenty mark and stamped Bronze.

 

Georges Contaux - Commemorative Silvered Bronze Medal - Stock No. M4

Georges Contaux (1891 - 1984)

He was born in Paris on the 22nd September 1891 and was educated at the Ecole Boulle studying sculpture and engraving. He was called up for National Service in 1911 and served during WW1 during which he was wounded, losing 2 fingers on his left hand (1915). After this he was posted to the 2nd Aviation Group as a Sergeant Major during the Italian Campaign until 1918.

Despite the loss of 2 fingers, he when on to literally carve out a successful career as a medal engraver and sculptor. He learnt his trade whilst working with the engraver Pierre Firmin Lasserre (1870-1943) before moving to Vigneux-sur-Seine, where he spent the rest of his lifeworking as an artisan sculptor and engraver of medals.

He exhibited regularly, including at the Salon des Artistes Français; being awarded an honourable mention in 1921.

This silvered bronze medal

Signed Contaux and AP.

 

Material: Silvered Bronze.

Weight: 105g

Diameter: 58mm

 

Obverse: Features Marianne holding a quill pen. Background with other artistic motifs.

 

Reverse: Blank.

 

Condition: Some wear to lacquer and a flat on rear edge.

 

Bears Mint mark and stamped Bronze.

Alphonse Desaide - Commemorative Bronze Medal - Agricultural Scene - Stock No. M5

Alphonse Desaide

 

A detailed French bronze medal dated 1914 complete with original presentation case.

 

Signed A Desaide Edit

 

Material: Bronze.

Weight: 55g

Diameter: 50mm

 

Obverse: Depicts a young maiden exhausted from working the fields being awarded a laurel wreath by a cherub.

 

Reverse: Inscibed “Concours Agricole Departmantal Chalon-Sur-Saone 1914″.

 

Condition: Some dirt on the surface and wear to the box.

 

Bears Mint mark and stamped Bronze.

Pierre-Louis-Aristide Turin - Large Commemorative Bronze Medal - City of Paris - Stock No. M6

Pierre-Louis-Aristide Turin (1891-1968)

 

Turin attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied under Vernon, Patey and Coutan. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais from 1911 and later also at the Salon of the Monnaie. In 1920 he won the Grand Prix de Rome and in 1925 he received a gold medal. He was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1936 and received several further awards.

A large French bronze medal celebrating the City of Paris.

Signed P Turin

 

Material: Bronze.

Weight: 225g

Diameter: 80mm

 

Obverse: Marianne celebrating arts and science.

 

Reverse: Famous Parisienne buildings.

 

Condition: Some slight wear on the obverse side.

 

Bears Mint mark and stamped Bronze.

Maurice Delannoy - Gilt Commemorative Bronze Medal - Greek Warrier - Stock No. M8

Maurice Delannoy (1885 - 1972)

 

Maurice Delannoy (1885-1972) was a French sculptor and medalist working in the art deco style designing coins and medals. He studied at the Ecole de Germain Pilon and studied under Charles Valton (1851-1918) and Jules Roine Edward. Later in his life he was a professor of drawing. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français before being imprisoned during WW1 and was awarded a “mention” in 1921, bronze in 1923 and a silver medal in 1926. Diplômes d’honneur aux expositions de 1925 & 1937. He was awarded the Medal d’ Honneur in 1936 and made a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1947.

A finely minted gilt bronze medal designed by the French artist Maurice Delannoy c1930. This example was minted c1970 by the respected mint Arthus Bertrand.

 

Signed M Delannoy.

    

Material: Gilt Bronze.

Weight: 55g

Diameter: 50mm

    

    Obverse: Greek Warrier with Spear and Shield

    

    Reverse: inscibed C I P A F

    

    Condition:

    

    Bears Mint mark and stamped Bronze.

Maurice Delannoy - Silvered Commemorative Bronze Medal - Greek Warrier - Stock No. M9

Maurice Delannoy (1885 - 1972)

 

Maurice Delannoy (1885-1972) was a French sculptor and medalist working in the art deco style designing coins and medals. He studied at the Ecole de Germain Pilon and studied under Charles Valton (1851-1918) and Jules Roine Edward. Later in his life he was a professor of drawing. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français before being imprisoned during WW1 and was awarded a “mention” in 1921, bronze in 1923 and a silver medal in 1926. Diplômes d’honneur aux expositions de 1925 & 1937. He was awarded the Medal d’ Honneur in 1936 and made a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1947.

A finely minted gilt bronze medal designed by the French artist Maurice Delannoy c1930. This example was minted c1970 by the respected mint Arthus Bertrand and comes with the original presentation case.

 

Signed M Delannoy.

   

Material: Silvered Bronze.

Weight: 55g

Diameter: 50mm

   

    Obverse: Greek Warrier with Spear and Shield

   

    Reverse: inscibed C I P A F

   

    Condition:

   

    Bears Mint mark and stamped Bronze.

Soviet Commemorative Bronze Medal - Power - Stock No. 10

No information on the artist.

A very striking Soviet CCCP period Russian bronze medal of speeding runners. Design conveys pure speed and power.

 

No signature.

  

Material: Bronze.

Weight: 105g

Diameter: 60mm

  

    Obverse: Speeding runners.

  

    Reverse: marked with Russian text. Translated as " Committee on Physical Education and Sports at the Council of Ministers".

  

    Condition: Obverse - excellent

                    Reverse - slight wear