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Army Orphanage

Medal
1915 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This medal and La Journée du Poilu (A.26-1924), made by René Jules Lalique in France in 1915, were both issued to help raise funds in aid of victims of the war. Many children were orphaned by enemy action in North East France, and by 1915 funds were urgently needed to help support their growing number.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional Titles
  • Orphelinat des Armées (generic title)
  • Orphelinat des armées
Materials and Techniques
Gilt bronze
Brief Description
Orphelinat des armées, gilt bronze, by René Lalique, French, 20th century, 1915.
Physical Description
Medal in gilt bronze. A seated woman dressed in clinging drapery, leans forward to embrace two small naked children. Incuse legend in two lines: 'ORPHELINAT / DES ARMÉES. Signed R. LALIQUE incuse.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 3.18cm
Credit line
Bequeathed by Sir Claude Phillips
Summary
This medal and La Journée du Poilu (A.26-1924), made by René Jules Lalique in France in 1915, were both issued to help raise funds in aid of victims of the war. Many children were orphaned by enemy action in North East France, and by 1915 funds were urgently needed to help support their growing number.
Bibliographic References
  • Tait, Hugh. ed. The art of the jeweller, a catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum. London, 1984. p. 65. no. 373. illus. on p. 90.
  • Fisher, Wendy, French Medal Design in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Periods, London: The Victoria and Albert Museum, 2000.
  • Cullen, Lucy, Fisher, Wendy and Jopek, Norbert, 'One by One': European Commemorative Medals for the Great War 1914-1918, London : Victoria & Albert Museum, 199849
Collection
Accession Number
A.27-1924

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record createdJanuary 20, 2004
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