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Medal - Opening of Tunis Harbour
  • Opening of Tunis Harbour
    Bottée, Louis-Alexandre, born 1852 - died 1941
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Opening of Tunis Harbour

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1893-1896 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bottée, Louis-Alexandre, born 1852 - died 1941 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silvered bronze

  • Museum number:

    195-1896

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silvered bronze medal depicts a seated figure representing the City of Tunis, behind whom the city itself is seen, and beneath which is a bird's- eye view of the port. There is also a legend in Arabic characters. On the reverse side there is a female figure, symbolising Peace and abundance, riding on a sea-horse in the harbour of Tunis, and holding an olive-branch and a cornucopia; the city is seen in the distance. The medal is signed 'Louis Bottée.'

Physical description

Medal of silvered bronze, struck from a die. Obv.: in the centre is a seated figure representing the City of Tunis; the city itself is seen behind, and beneath is a bird's- eye view of the port. The legend reads, VILLE DE TUNIS- LE 28 MAI 1893 EN PRÉSENCE DE S.A. ALI PACHA BEY DE TUNIS DE MR GUÉRIN GARDE DES SCEAUX DE FRANCE DE MR POINCARÉ MINISTRE DE L'INSTON PUBLIQUE ET DES BEAUX-ARTS MR CHARLES ROUVIER RÉSIDENT GÉNÉRAL DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE- A DÉCLARÉ LE PORT DE TUNIS OUVERT A LA NAVIGATION- MR MICHAUD ÉTANT DR GAL DES TRAVAUX PUBLICS. MR RÉSAL INGÉNIEUR DU SERVICE MARITIME MR. FOUQUET A DR DÉLÉGUÉ DE LA SOCIÉTE DE CONSTON DES BATIGNOLLES ENTREPRENEUR. MR ROEDERER INGÉNIEUR. Rev. a female figure, symbolising Peace and abundance, riding on a sea-horse in the harbour of Tunis, and holding an olive-branch and a cornucopia; the city is seen in the distance. The legend is in Arabic characters. Signed 'Louis Bottée.'

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1893-1896 (made)

Artist/maker

Bottée, Louis-Alexandre, born 1852 - died 1941 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silvered bronze

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.6875 in

Object history note

Bought for £1 3s 10d.

Descriptive line

Medal, opening of Tunis harbour, struck and silvered bronze, by Louis-Alexandre Bottée, French, 19th century, about 1893-6.

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

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1896. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Wyman and Sons. 1900. pp.31-2

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Silvered

Subjects depicted

Olive-branch; Port; Cornucopia; Sea-horse; Peace

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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