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Plaquette - Aux Braves

Aux Braves

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Aumont, J. (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.76-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze plaquette was made by J. Aumont in the early 20th century France. Aumont's twentieth century medal lies stylistically within the mainstream of French nineteenth-century design, employing the convention of an idealised, allegorical female figure in classical drapery to represent the French state honouring a soldier. This plaquette idealises the conditions of war; both figures inhabit an undefined landscape of clouds and mist, with only the suggestion of smoke in the distance to hint at the reality of the appalling conditions endured by millions of soldiers.

Physical description

Bronze plaquette, obv., a winged female figure of Victory in armour and helmet, holding a laurel branch, decorates a French soldier with the Croix de Guerre (War Cross). Rev., a spring of oak leaves liws across a palm branch against a cushion of cloud. Edge has the incuse cornucopia of Paris Mint mark and BRONZE.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1918 (made)

Artist/maker

Aumont, J. (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

"AUX BRAVES"
"To the brace"
obv.

Dimensions

Height: 66.5 mm, Width: 56.8 mm

Descriptive line

Plaquette, "Aux Braves", figure of Victory embracing a soldier female / palm frond, bronze, by J. Aumont, French, 20th century, about 1818.

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. 26.

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Cornucopia; War cross; Palm; Oak leaf; Armour; Soldier; Laurel branch; Helmet; Cloud

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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