This lovely gilded bronze medal is by Maurice Delannoy. The obverse depicts a winged woman leaning forward and blowing into the mouthpiece of an instrument whilst holding a laurel branch. This is probably a depiction of the goddess Victory who is usually depicted winged, with laurel and blowing a trumpet. It is signed "Maurice Delannoy"
The reverse has a wreath of oak leaves and laurel leaves around the outer edge with a blank interior. The rim is stamped "Bronze" and has a triangular mark with indistinct initials that appear to be the initials for Arthus Bertrand.
Weight: 2ozs - 56gms
Diameter: 1.97ins - 5cms
Maurice Delannoy (1885 – 1972)
French sculptor and engraver of coins and medals.
He studied at the Ecole Germain Pilon where he was a pupil of Charles Valton & Jules Edward Roine
He was an associate of and exhibited at the Society of French Artists and received a bronze medal in 1923 and a silver medal in 1926.
He designed coins for Morocco, Lebanon & Monaco and was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 1947
Medals and decorations maker, founded in Paris in 1803 by Claude Arthus-Bertrand, an army officer during the French Revolution. Artists who have designed for the firm include Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (sculptor of the Statue of Liberty) and Fernand Léger.
It is the official manufacturer of the French Legion of Honour and has made insignia for the Society of the Cincinnati and the Order of Lafayette
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