Max Blondat - Medal: Le Vêtement du Prisonnier de Guerre, 1914

Max Blondat (Crain, France, 1872 - 1925, Paris)

Medal: Le Vêtement du Prisonnier de Guerre, 1914

Bronze plaquette, 7 x 4.1 x 0.3 cm (2 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 1/8 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

M11n9.a

Creators

  • Max Blondat (Crain, France, 1872 - 1925, Paris) - primary
  • Jean Louis Forain (Reims, 1852 - 1931, Paris) - after

Provenance

Probably sold through the dealer of medals Victor Canale (1883-1959), Paris in 1914.
Possibly a gift from congressman A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936) to Isabella Stewart Gardner after 1914.

Marks

Inscribed in relief (obverse, on rock): Forain
Signed in relief (left lower corner): Max Blondat d'apres Forain
Inscribed in relief (reverse): Le Vêtement du Prisonnier de Guerre. Fondé en Décembre 1914. À ceux qui l'ont créé À ceux qui l'ont aidé. [Clothes for the prisoners of war, founded in December 1914, to those who have created it, to those who have rendered assistance]
Printed label (bottom of case): V.S-Canale / Graveur-Editeur/ Medailles / et Plaquettes / Moderns / 37 Quai de L'Horloge / Paris

Bibliography

Imperial War Museums, United Kingdom, accessed 2013. http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/2586
Tanya Karpiak. "The medallic secrets of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum." The Medal (Autumn 2014), pp. 19-20.


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Commentary

This World War I medal made by the French sculptor Max Blondat (1879-1926) was based on a work by the Impressionist painter Jean Louis Forain (1852-1931). Featuring a study of a French prisoner of war, it was produced to raise funds for the charity - Clothes for Prisoners of War Agency.

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