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

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Object details

Accession number

M1w14

Object Case

Musicians Case

Provenance

Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection after 1893.

Marks

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]

Bibliography

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. http://artgallery.yale.edu
Tanya Karpiak. "The medallic secrets of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum." The Medal (Autumn 2014), p. 19.


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Commentary

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.