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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

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‘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 (Victoria & Albert Museum 11/11/1998-11/02/1999)

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Eagles (birds); Olives

Categories

Sculpture; Coins & Medals

Collection code

SCP

Qr_O106978
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