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Medal
  • Medal
    Pillet, Charles Phillipe Germain Aristide, born 1869 - died 1960
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Medal

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1917 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pillet, Charles Phillipe Germain Aristide, born 1869 - died 1960 (medallists)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.97-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze medal was made by Charles Philippe Germain Aristide Pillet in France, 1917. This medal honours those in charge of the defence of Verdum during 1916, the main year of fighting. Inscribed with General Nivelle's famous phrase 'on ne passe pas' (They shall no pass), it is a strident piece of French flag waving.

Physical description

Obv., two female figures, one personifying France, the other, armed with a huge sword, possibly the city of Verdum or the French army, stand shoulder to shoulder on a rocky rampart in front of the city. The prussian eagle, crowned and armed, struggles to gain a hold below them. Beside the eagle are the arms of Verdun and the French Republic joined by branches of ivy, symbol of fidelity and attachment. Rev., a laurel wreath sypports medallion portraits of generals Pétain, Nivelle and de Castlenau. From one of the laurel branches hang the crosses of the Légion d'honneur and de Guerre. The edge has the incuse cornucopia of Paris Mint mark and BRONZE.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1917 (made)

Artist/maker

Pillet, Charles Phillipe Germain Aristide, born 1869 - died 1960 (medallists)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

"VERDUN ON NE PASSE PAS MCMXVI," "CH PILLET"
obv.

"A LA GLOIRE DES HÉROS DE VERDUN MCMXVI"
rev.

Dimensions

Diameter: 68 mm

Descriptive line

France and Joan of Arc defending Verdun / generals Pétain, Nivelle and de Castlenau, struck bronze, By Charles Pillet, French, 20th century, 1916.

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

Gullen, Lucy, Fisher, Wendy and Nobert Jopek. [Exhibition handlist] 'One by One': European Commemorative Medals of the Great War 1914-1918. Victoria and London: Albert Museum, 1998. no. 7.

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Eagle; Sword; Cross; Females; Ivy; Laurel wreaths

Categories

Medallions

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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