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Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1919 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Scott, Georges, born 1873 - died 1943 (artists)
    Cuzin, Hilaire (medallists)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.85-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze plaquette was made by Georges Scott and Hilaire Cuzin in France, 1919. This plaquette commemorates reunited Alsace with France. The Treaty of Versailles which was ratified by Germany on 9 July 1919 demanded the return of Alsace-Lorraine to France, an area comprising the present French départments of Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin, and Moselle. After the Franco-Prussian war of 1870/71, Alsace Lorraine was incorporated into the German Empire, for both nationalistic and economic reasons. Between 1871 and 1914 this annexaxion inspired anti-German feeling in France, and was not conducive to good relations between the two nations after 1919.

Physical description

Obv., a poilu embracing a femal figure in Alsatian costume. A borderpost surmounted by an oval sign with the German eagle and the inscription "Deutsches Reich" lies in the dust at their feet. In the background and officer leads an attack by infantry men. Rev., a banned is draped over an altar, together with a palm branch. The background depicts Strabourg cathedral, and at the bottom a frieze of cones.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1919 (made)

Artist/maker

Scott, Georges, born 1873 - died 1943 (artists)
Cuzin, Hilaire (medallists)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

"DEUTSCHES REICH," "1914 1918," "GEORGES SCOTT L'AÔUT 1919"
obv.

"H. CUZIN"
rev.

"BRONZE"
edge

Dimensions

Height: 60.5 mm, Width: 44.5 mm

Descriptive line

Bronze Alsace reunited. French 1919.

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

One by One: European Commemorative Medals of the Great War 1914-1918. London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1998. cat. no. 65.

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Poilu; Banner; Cathedral; Eagle; Palm branch; Altar; Female; Infantrymen

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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