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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late nineteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Casella, Ella (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper electro-deposited

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This copper medal depicts Jean Martin Charcot, a celebrated French neurologist and professor of anatomical pathology, in academic robes. On the reverse there is a seated figure of Asclepius seated on a rock, holding his rod wreathed with a serpent; around him are a cock, dog, goat and eagle.

Ella Casella (1858-1946) and her sister Nelia Casella (1859-1950)were artists who worked collaboratively in a variety of media: wax, watercolour, glass enamelling, leather tooling and metalworking. In the 1880s, they studied under Alphonse Legros (1837-1911) at the Slade School of Art and exhibited both at the Royal Academy and with the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in the 1890s. As part of the revival of Renaissance art by British artists in this period, the Casella sisters drew from a Renaissance tradition, in form and method, aligning themselves with great masters such as Pisanello (1395-1455).

Actively involved in the thriving artistic and cultural life of turn of the century London, these artists’ were inspired by theatrical costuming of the period and many of their wax relief portraits represent friends from their circle, including many celebrities of the day such as Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, Franz Liszt and Bram Stoker. As well-educated ladies of wealth and distinction, both their gender and social standing played a predictably pivotal role in the development of their art, training, and working practice.

Physical description

Medal, copper, electro-deposited. Jean Martin Charcot, a celebrated French physician. Obv.: Bust to right in academic robes. Rev.: A seated figure of Aesculapius seated on a rock holding his rod wreathed with a serpent; around him are a cock, dog, goat and eagle. Signed OPVS. E. CASELLAE.

Place of Origin

England (made)


late nineteenth century (made)


Casella, Ella (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Copper electro-deposited


Diameter: 3.6875 in

Object history note

Bought for £1 10s.

Descriptive line

Medal, depicting the neurologist Jean Martin Charcot and Asclepius, England, late 19th century.

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

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1900. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Wyman and Sons. 1903. pp.223
cf. Attwood, Philip. ed. Artistic Circles. London. British Museum. 1992. no. 4. pp.23.



Subjects depicted

Eagle; Serpent; Dog; Goat; Cock


Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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