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Plaquette - The Sower
  • The Sower
    Baudichon, René, born 1878 - died 1963
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The Sower

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Baudichon, René, born 1878 - died 1963 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze struck

  • Museum number:

    A.11-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette called the Sower is made by René Baudichon, in 1905, in France.

The scene appears to be an allegory for death indicating that what is sown will be reaped. A male figure in relief strides to the right, holding a bag of seed suspended from his shoulder with his left hand and scattering seed from his right hand. In the foreground a scythe lies in a wheat field which has been partly harvested. At the left foreground wheat grows, in the middle distance the wheat has been tied in stooks and in the distant landscape graves marked by crosses are depicted.
Baudichon's choice of the doubel-sided plaquette format for this medal may have been influenced by the work of Oscar Roty (1846-1911), whose revival of the Renaissance plaquette allowed compositions of a more pictorial treatment than was possible within the format of the circular medal. This, together with his use of both faces was a major innovation and by the end of the 19th century the tradition of a circular format was broken.

Physical description

Obverse: landscape background with ploughed field in the foreground. A male figure in relief strides to the right, holding a bag of seed suspended from his shoulder with his left hand and scattering seed from his outstretched right hand. Signed.
Reverse: The scene appears to be an allegory for death indicating that what is sown will be reaped. In the foreground a scythe lies in a wheat field which has been partly harvested. At the left foreground wheat grows, in the middle distance the wheat has been tied in stooks and in the distant landscape graves marked by crosses are depicted. Monogram of a reversed capital letter R joined together with a capital B

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1905 (made)

Artist/maker

Baudichon, René, born 1878 - died 1963 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze struck

Marks and inscriptions

'RENE BAUDICHON'
obverse

Dimensions

Height: 6.37 cm, Width: 42.8 cm

Object history note

Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1980.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, the Sower, struck bronze, by René Baudichon, French, 20th century, about 1906.

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

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, pp. 135-136, Vol VII p. 55
Jones, Mark. The Art of the Medal. London, 1979, pp. 122

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Seeds; Male figure; Landscape

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes; Death; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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