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Plaquette - Austria at the International Exhibition 1900 Paris

Austria at the International Exhibition 1900 Paris

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Austria (made)

  • Date:

    1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schwartz, Stefan, born 1851 - died 1924 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.12-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal is made by Stefan Schwartz to commemorate Austria's participation at the International Exhibition 1900 in Paris.

Schwartz was an Austrian sculptor and medallist. He studied drawing at Budapest from the age of 14. There he also started working in silverware. Back in Vienna he worked with bronze and silver manufacturers Dziedzinski & Hanusch and Klinkosch. He then studied at study at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna under the sculptor Otto König (1838–1920). In 1871 he founded his private studio in Vienna, but also continued teaching at the Kunstgewerbeschule where, in 1884, he was appointed a professor.

Physical description

Obverse: a Goddess distributing laurel wreaths greeted by a semi-nude man with a sledge hammer, a farmer is ploughing with two oxen in the background. Inscribed. Signed.
Reverse: the Austrian pavilion of the international exhibition in Paris in 1900. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

Austria (made)

Date

1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Schwartz, Stefan, born 1851 - died 1924 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'VIRIBUS UNITIS' [signed] 'ST. SCHWARTZ'
obverse

'ÖSTERREICH/AUF DER/WELTAUSSTELLUNG PARIS 1900 / ERINNERUNGSZEICHEN DES K.K. HANDELSMINISTERIUMS'
reverse

Dimensions

Height: 8 cm, Width: 5.3 cm

Object history note

Given in the name of Baurat Hartwig Fischel by his son Paul J Gordon-Fischel, Chessington, Surrey, in 1983.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, Austria at the International Exhibition 1900 Paris, by Stefan Schwartz, Austria, 1900

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

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, V, London, p. 429
Kitlitschka, W., "Zur Funktion der historischen Medaille", in: Die Kunst des Historismus in Europe, Vol. I, Vienna 1996, p. 258, fig. 2

Subjects depicted

Oxen; Goddess; Farmer

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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