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Medal - Exposition Universelle, Internationale Gold Prize, by J. C. Chaplain, Paris, France, 1878 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35633

Summary:
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Medal - Paris Exposition Universelle Internationale Gold Prize 1878 (AD)
Mint: Paris
Awarded to: E.W. Pitts
Artist: J.C. Chaplain
Other Details: Paris Exposition Universelle Internationale Gold Prize medal designed by Jules-Clement Chaplain. This medal marks the emergence of Art Nouveau design in medals. Chaplain retained the basic neo-classical themes - including Victory bearing a wreath - but his depiction is rich with movement and his composition emerges from the background in flowing lines. Chaplain was one of the most significant of a group of Parisian medallists who adapted their designs to make maximum use of new reduction technology, placing Paris again at the centre of the medallic world. In 1877 he was named the official medallist of the French government; in 1878 he was named a chevalier of the Legion of Honor; and in 1881 was given the seat at the Académie des Beaux Arts. He was responsible for the official portraits of every president of the French Republic from Edme Patrice Mac-Mahon in 1877 to Émile Loubet in 1899. He was commissioned to engrave the gold coinage of France; his gold medal commemorating the visit of Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra of Russia to Paris in 1896 was thought to be one of the finest ever struck.
Description:
A large gold medal, 50 mm diameter)featuring a laureate bust of France and Victory flying above the Exhibition grounds with trumpet and wreath; the winner's name is carried above its head by a young winged figure.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 50 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 83.81 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: art medals, exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Jules-Clement Chaplain, Medal Designer (1839-1909), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
Series: French Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1878 AD
Obverse Description: Laureate bust of France facing left, around, REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE and in small letters J.C. CHAPLAIN.
Reverse Description: Victory flying above the Exhibition grounds with trumpet and wreath; the winner's name is carried above its head by a young winged figure; around, EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE INTERNATIONALE DE 1878 in exergue, PARIS; on plaque, E.W. PITTS and in small letters CHAPLAIN
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE and in small letters J.C. CHAPLAIN
Reveres: EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE INTERNATIONALE DE 1878 PARIS E.W. PITTS and in small letters CHAPLAIN
Material: Gold
Issued By: Paris, France, 1878
Artist: Jules-Clement Chaplain, Paris, France, 1878
Awarded To: Mr E. Pitts, Victoria, Australia, 1878

Comments

Theresa Priest Posted on 11 May 2010 10:58 PM
Reg. No: NU 35633
In reference to your item noted above. I have a coin looks like its bronze or copper that was found in a LA BOYD piano, liverpool. What more can you share with me about this coin? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Theresa


Laureate bust of France facing left, around, REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE and in small letters J.C. CHAPLAIN.
Reverse Description: Victory flying above the Exhibition grounds with trumpet and wreath; the winner's name is carried above its head by a young winged figure; around, EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE INTERNATIONALE DE 1878 in exergue, PARIS; on plaque, DREAPER and in small letters CHAPLAIN
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 May 2010 8:58 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Theresa. It's very hard for us to give information based on such a brief description. It might be best that you contact a numismatics expert in your home country so you should look at the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association to find one: http://www.canadian-numismatic.org/
Chris Prom, Archivist, University of Illinois Posted on 14 Dec 2011 7:42 AM
The University of Illinois Archives recently received a nearly identical gold medallion as a donation, the only difference being the inscription on the reverse reads Industrial University Illinois. According to our records, it was awarded for a display of photographs, shop work, and designs submitted by the University.

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