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Medallion

Medallion

  • Place of origin:

    Britain

  • Date:

    1916

  • Artist/Maker:

    C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    cast bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2014

  • Museum number:

    A.4-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Uniface bronze self-portrait medal of Charles F. A. Voysey (1857-1941) design and made in 1916

Place of Origin

Britain

Date

1916

Artist/maker

C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

cast bronze

Marks and inscriptions

Encircling the medallion around the portrait is the inscription: CHARLES.FRANCIS.ANNESLEY.VOYSEY.B.MAY.1857

On the reverse of the medal is the etched inscription: C.F.A. Voysey Invt et Fecit 1916

Dimensions

Diameter: 13 cm

Object history note

Charles Voysey (1857-1941) was a renowned English architect and prolific arts and crafts designer of furniture, textiles and wallpaper. His connections with leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement, such as William Morris (1834-1896) and Edward Schroeder Prior (1857-1932), makes his work vital in the context of assembling a comprehensive and internationally significant Arts and Crafts collection. As one of the first people to understand and appreciate the significance of industrial design, and celebrated for his controlled simplicity of country house design, Voysey’s output has long enhanced the V&A’s extensive general holdings of Arts and Crafts material.

This uniface medal is an unusual example of a medal bearing a self-portrait of its creator. It is accompanied by its plasticine models, negative moulds and plaster model which all reflect the stages and techniques in making it.

Descriptive line

Self-portrait medallion, uniface, by C. F. A. Voysey

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Cast

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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