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AWARD TO FRANCE'S GREATEST ACTOR/PLAYWRITE OF THE VICTORIAN ERA

FRANCE Troisième république 1881

Conservatoire National De Musique et Declamation: Silver First Prize Medal for Comedie awarded to:
M. Felix Galipaux: famed actor, playwrite and star of five of the original films of Georges Melie. It was this very prize that catapulted Galipaux from the Comedie Francaise to becoming director of the Theater of the Palais Royal.

Galipaux was the Parisien Heartthrob of his era. He was a celebrated actor, director, playwrite, wit, and all around charming man about town. And like modern celebrities he had his own clothing and perfume lines. He ended up with with his own statue (pictured above).. His plays are still in print and available today. This medal would have been the period's equivalent of the Tony Award/Academy Award.

77 MM, (135 gms) edge marked argent

Signed by J. C. Chaplain

AU................................................$2500


AWARD FOR THE MAYOR OF CALAIS WHO COMMISIONED AUGUSTE RODIN TO SCULPT THE BURGHERS OF CALAIS

FRANCE Troisième république 1885

Departmental Assembly's (Silver) Award: to Mr Dewavrin 1885: For the Commission to Auguste Rodin for the Burghers of Calais

In 1885, Omer Julien Dewavrin was the Mayor of Calais, who selected and commissioned Auguste Rodin to do the landmark series of sculptures "The Burghers of Calais" which commemorated the bravery of six wealthy citizens of Calais who volunteered to be executed in order that the rest of the town be spared by Edward III during the 100 years war. The commission was a landmark for both the department of Pas-de-Calais and for young Auguste Rodin who had been passed over in his three previous attempts to secure a public commission.

58 mm (78 gm), edge marked argent

Signed by W Kluge 1885 - Wilhelm Kluge was a medallist working in the studio of J.C. Chaplain at this time and the Marianne on the obverse bears remarkable silimilarity to those of Chaplain.

AU.....................................................$1800

FRANCE: Troisième république N.D.

Silver Award from the Society for the Encouragement of Art and Industry awarded to Victor Champier: Jean-Joseph Weerts (1846-1927) Portrait de Victor Champier,

a major art critic and proponent of the Arts Nouveau movement at the turn of the century, and the first Director of France's National College of Applied Arts.

Signed by Oscar Roty.

60mm x 40 mm (77.3gm) edge marked: argent

UNC......................................$550

FRANCE Troisième république 1924

St Cecil Music Contest Award, first prize 55 mm (66gm) Edge marked argent. Inscribed to Jean Champeil, who was later a soloist at the Paris Opera and early recording artist. His mono album of Bach Sonatas recently sold on ebay for $1600.

 

AU...........................................................$1200

FRANCE Troisième république , 1892

Societe Central Des Architechtes Grand Prize to Louis Henri Georges Scelliers de Gisors: architecht in chief at the time for the Palais De Luxembourg, and later for Exposition Universelle of 1900. 70mm (150gm) signed by Eugene Oudine. Obv; Tyche holds the three graces, inscription "the beautiful, the true, the useful."

This has been France's higheset Architectural Award from 1848 down to the present day.

Brilliant Uncirculated.................. $800

FRANCE Troisième république June 1936

Silver Merit Award from the Association of stenographers to Mme Branellec, Marcelle.

Signed by Oscar Roty,

50mm x 36mm (44.98gm) edge marked: argent

 

EF............................................$95


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