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Plaquette - La Défense du Foyer
  • La Défense du Foyer
    Boisseau, Emile-André, born 1842 - died 1923
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La Défense du Foyer

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1915 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boisseau, Emile-André, born 1842 - died 1923 (medalists)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.79-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze plaquette was made by Emile-André Boisseau in France, 1915. This plaquette presents Marshal Joffre's rallying call to 'die where they stood rather than give way' in visual terms, representing a vulnerable civilian population protected from the enemy by the sheer valour of its fighting men.

Boisseau's medal dates from 1915, when French propaganda still promulgated the possibility of an early, glorious victory and before the reality of the disastrous conflict struck home to a wider public.

Physical description

Obv., a semi-naked male figure stands under an oak tree, beside a plough and agricultural implements, holding a broken sword in his right hand. On his left side crouch a woman with a baby and a dog. There are three buildings in the background, one of them ablaze. Rev., blank cartouche for inscription surmounts war trophies and laurel wreaths, set against the wall of a fortress. Below, a scroll bears the legend in two lines. Edge shows the incuse cornucopia of Paris Mint mark and BRONZE.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1915 (made)

Artist/maker

Boisseau, Emile-André, born 1842 - died 1923 (medalists)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

"HALTE LÀ!", "LA DÉFENSE DU FOYER," "ANNO 1915," "E. BOISSEAU"
obv.

"SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM"
rev.

Dimensions

Height: 72.4 mm, Width: 58 mm

Descriptive line

Plaquette, la Défense du Foyer, struck bronze, by Emile-André Boisseau, French, 20th century, 1915.

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. 50.
Vandenbrouck-Przybylski, Melanie, ' 'These should without delay be represented in our museum' Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French medals at the V&A', The Medal, No.61, Autumn 2012, pp.21-37, fig.11

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Trophies; Sword; Oak tree; Male; Tree; Dog; Plough; Fortress; Buildings; Female; Laurel; Baby

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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