Anton Scharff - Medal of Johannes Brahms, 1893

Anton Scharff (Vienna, 1845 - 1902, Brunn am Gebirge, Austria)

Medal of Johannes Brahms, 1893

Bronze, 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in.) diameter


Object details

Accession number


Object Case

Musicians Case


Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection after 1893.


Signed (obverse): A. Scharff
Inscribed (reverse): DIE GESELLSCHAFT DER MUSIKFREUNDE IN WIEN, ZUM 60. GEBURTSTAGE 7. MAI 1893 [The Society of Friends of the Music in Vienna , on its 60th anniversary, 7th May 1893]


Max Kalbeck. Johannes Brahms, IV (Vienna, 1915), p. 320.
Jan Swafford. Johannes Brahms: A Biography (New York, 2012), p. 558.
Yale University Art Gallery ECatalogue, New Haven, accessed 2013.
Tanya Karpiak. "The medallic secrets of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum." The Medal (Autumn 2014), p. 19.

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Gardner collected a number of medals to display within her museum, including this bronze portrait medal honoring celebrated composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Through her own efforts, Gardner met Brahms while both were on holiday in Bad Ischl, Austria in 1894. Her biographer Morris Carter notes that an acquaintance of Gardner’s caught a glimpse of the two “having tea together like old friends,” and that Brahms gave her an autographed photograph at the end of their meeting.