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Medal - French Committee of Exhibitions
  • French Committee of Exhibitions
    Turin, Pierre, born 1891 - died 1968
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French Committee of Exhibitions

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1930-1935 (struck)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turin, Pierre, born 1891 - died 1968 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, struck

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Professor and Mrs J. Hull Grundy

  • Museum number:

    A.25-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR15

In this powerful octagonal medal and Art Deco design Turin’s imagery combines the god Mercury, perhaps as an allegory of eloquence and reason, and a cogged wheel representing the modern machine age.
One aspect of Art Deco was a revival of Neo-classical art. Its sparse, simple clarity appealed to designers and artists trying to reduce images to their essential form.
In the Art Deco period, fashion and the decorative arts exploited a taste for the exotic and sensual

Physical description

Obverse: Head of male (Mercury) with caduceus. Singed: P. TURIN.
Reverse: torch with laurel branch. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1930-1935 (struck)

Artist/maker

Turin, Pierre, born 1891 - died 1968 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, struck

Marks and inscriptions

'COMITÉ FRANÇAIS DES EXPOSITIONS / 1885 / M.J. BRUNETON.'
French Exhibitions Committee
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 71.8 mm, Weight: 174.9 g

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, by Pierre Turin (1891-1968), French, 1930-5

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

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. 18

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Caduceus

Categories

Sculpture; Coins & Medals

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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