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Medal - La Journée du Poilu
  • La Journée du Poilu
    René Jules Lalique, born 1860 - died 1945
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La Journée du Poilu

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Paris, France (made)

  • Date:

    dated 1915 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    René Jules Lalique, born 1860 - died 1945 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Sir Claude Phillips

  • Museum number:

    A.26-1924

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, room 111, case DR14

‘Poilu’, or ‘shaggy one’, was the nickname for the ordinary French infantryman, equivalent to the British ‘Tommy’. In December 1915 the French Government sanctioned the establishment of a National Day to honour and support French soldiers.

Physical description

Silver medal depicting a nude figure grasping an eagle by the throat. Below the inscription 'JOURNEE-DU-POILU, 1915' and the signature 'R. LALIQUE'. On the reverse a branch of olives and the dates '25-26 DECEMBRE - 1915'.

Place of Origin

Paris, France (made)

Date

dated 1915 (made)

Artist/maker

René Jules Lalique, born 1860 - died 1945 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed 'JOURNEE-DU-POILU, 1915' and 'R. LALIQUE'.
'25-26 DECEMBRE - 1915'.

Dimensions

Diameter: 55 mm

Descriptive line

Bronze medal depicting a nude figure grasping an eagle by the throat and on the reverse a branch of olives, by Rene Lalique, France, dated 1915

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Tait, Hugh. ed. The art of the jeweller, a catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum. London, 1984. p. 65. no. 372. illus. on p. 90.

Exhibition History

One by One: European Commemorative Medals of the Great War 1914-1918 (V&A 11/11/1998-11/02/1999)

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Eagles (birds); Olives

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection code

SCP

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