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Louis Alexandre Bottée, Medal Engraver, France (1852-1941)

Louis Alexandre Bottée was born in Paris and apprenticed to a button factory attached to a medal engraving studio. He fought in the Franco-Prussian war, then attended the Ecol des Beaux-Arts from 1871 to 1875 and spent time in Italy in 1876. He worked in Italy from 1880 to 1882 before returning to France. Bottée  produced medals for Canada and Peru in the 1880s, and produced the prize medal for the Paris International Exhibition of 1889 and the Jurors badge for the 1900 exhibition. He became a Knight of the Legion of Honour and member of the Jury at the Salons.

Bottée attended the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs and went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1871. There he was pupil to Ponscarme, Dumont and Millet. In 1878 Bottée obtained the Great Prize of Rome. At the Salon des Artistes Francais he won a third-class medal in 1882, a second-class medal in 1887 and a first-class medal in 1894. Bottée received a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1900 and was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1903.

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