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Award medal for Success in the National Art Competition

  • Object:

    Medallion

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1857 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vechte, Antoine, born 1799 - died 1868 (maker)

  • Museum number:

    M.89-1909

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medallion is an award medal for Success in the National Art Competition.
The medallion 89a-1909 is a first study for the award medal in wax on slate, the other one 89b-1909 is an electrotype from this first study.

It is made in gold and silver by the Electrotype method. Electrotype copies were awarded for success in the yearly National Art Competition between 1857 to 1865 inclusive.

The medallist Antoine Vechte (1799-1868) was a French silversmith, active also in England (London), where he moved to after the Revolution in 1848. He specialised in the Renaissance style. In London he joined Hunt & Roskell. He made virtuoso repoussé work and with that had considerable influence in England, especially as his silver work was reproduced with the Electrotype technique. He retired to France in 1861.

Physical description

This medallion depicts the portrait of Queen Victoria with an inscription and surrounded by a band of nude figures. The whole is within a scroll border with dragons and figures of children.
M89-1909 differs from M89a-1909 and M89b-1909 in that the portrait is shown in deeper recession, Victoria wears a crown, and a plait of hair round her ear.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1857 (made)

Artist/maker

Vechte, Antoine, born 1799 - died 1868 (maker)

Marks and inscriptions

'VICTORIA QUEEN BY THE GRACE OF GOD 1857'

Dimensions

Diameter: 14.7 cm

Object history note

Award medal for Success in the National Art Competition.
The medallion 89a-1909 is a first study for the award medal in wax on slate, the other one 89b-1909 is an electrotype from this first study.

Descriptive line

Medallion, silver and gold with electrotype process, award medal for Success in the National Art Competition, by Antoine Vechte, England, 1857

Subjects depicted

Victoria (Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and empress of India); Figure, nude; Scrolls; Dragons; Children

Categories

Medallions; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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