The centerpiece is a lovely representation of the symbol of France, Marianne, done by Louis Bottee. Notice the head gear with a rooster (male chicken) spreading its wings. If so, this is one of the key "must have" pieces.
There is a signature on the lower right, which I have difficulty deciphering (H. dedieu?). The obverse indicates that this was awarded in 1914 by the French Gymnastics and Sports Federation. On the edge, there is the word bronze, along with the appropriate French hallmark.
Art Nouveau medal by Dubois. 50mm. 60 grams. Excellent condition. First issued in 1884. This is not a restrike, but a special issue 1900 in plain silver. Argent. Includes presentation case. Desert scenery background with sun, camel, arctic scenery with North Star and bear. Reverse-Crown of oak and laurels.
He was first pupil to his father, later he went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Thomas, Vernon and Patey. He was selected for the Directors' position of the Paris Mint. The reverse shows storage tanks.
The face represents Marianne, along with the signature A. Rivet. You could make a lovely collection of different representations of Marianne. If so, this is one of the harder to find versions. Adolphe Rivet was born in Perigueux/France in 1855.
Jean Lagrange was born at Lyons in 1831. He entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1857. Between 1880 and 1896, he was the Chief-engraver at the Paris Mint. Several of Lagrange's works may be seen at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris.
The face contains a classic representation of Marianne, the symbol of France, along with the signature Daniel Dupuis. The edge contains the word "bronze" and the appropriate French hallmark. Born in Blois, France in 1849, Jean-Baptiste Daniel Dupuis first studied painting and later sculpture at the Beaux Arts.
There is also the word agriculture and the artist's signature--"L. O. Mattei". The obverse includes a peasant woman, grapes, wheat and the sun rising. The edge has the word "bronze" along with the appropriate French mark.
Felix Rasumny was born in Sebastopol, Russia in 1869, and emigrated to France when he was very young. Notice the farm scenes surrounding the bust of Marianne. The reverse indicates that this dates from 1914 - 1916.
For your consideration, a gorgeous art nouveau bronze medal by sculptor Louis-Alexandre Bottee, circa late 19th century France. Heads side is decorated with Marianne, the French Republic’s personification of Liberty, the back is decorated with the Blason de Saint Denis. The medal was commissioned by the Association Philotechnique Saint Denis. Mild dings and staining noted in photos. Measures 1 15/16 inches in diameter.
Both sides are signed by Bottee. L ouis-Alexandre Bottée was born in Paris in 1852. He attended the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs and went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1871. On the face, the face of the man seems to have been cut off.