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Anton Schraff, Vienna Mint Medal Maker (1845-1903)
Image: Medal - Friedrich Traugott Kutzing
Source: Museum Victoria
Anton Scharff was a celebrated Austrian medalist of the late 19th century.
He was born in Vienna and studied under David Boehm at the Graveur-Akademie. In 1887 (the year of Kutzing medal was awarded to Baron Ferdinand von Mueller) Schraff was appointed Court Medalist.
Scharff received several honors and prizes, including the Knight of the Order of the Iron Crown and of the Order of Francis Joseph, Knight of the Bavarian Order of St Michael, the Golden Cross of Merit (bestowed upon him by the Emperor of Austria) and many other awards.
According to Forrer, 'He was a fine draughtsman, modelled well, and depicted the familiar aspects of nature with remarkable delicacy of sentiment. Compared to the French school, his style is perhaps lacking in softness and over-minute and delicate, which is the only criticism that one can offer. His portraits are vigorous; every figure has been studied from the life with a rare truthfulness and appreciation, the general type and the individual character being equally well represented.'