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French tin medal, 19th century

Started by Pellinore, September 12, 2022, 09:06:06 AM

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Pellinore

In a marvelous little Parisian museum, the Musée de la Vie Romantique near Pigalle, I photographed this medal. The museum is in the old house of the Dutch-born painter Ary Scheffer, and also contains many objects of his neighbour of the middle 19th century, the author George Sand (baronesse Dudevant). I found the combination charming! Hyper romantic paintings of Scheffer and his friends combined with touching baubles of the Sand family, all in a homely house that breathes a pastoral 1850 atmosphere, a green-shuttered oasis dropped in the middle of busy Paris.

This is a medal of the Société d'Agriculture du Département de l'Indre, where the baronial castle of George Sand's family still stands in the village of Nohant.

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I couldn't find much about the medal and I could only see the obverse, but I think it's beautiful and interesting. It's made of tin, measures 50 mm and weighs 76 gr. I can't quite make out the name of the designer or manufacturer at the foot, but it looks like "E. Socat F" and "Descher Ed".

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The medal was won by George Sand's son Maurice Sand (1823-1889), who was a painter by profession. The caption mentions the village of La Châtre, two miles south of Nohant castle.

-- Paul

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Figleaf

I found a number of medals signed Auguste Bescher (editeur) on the net, all connected to the French agricultural sector. A typical example is here. It is co-signed Lancelot F. Another one, in his name only is there.

Surprisingly, Bescher and Socat or Sogat do not figure in Forrer. Three scions of the Lancelot are listed, but Forrer does not mention anything agricultural in their names. Bescher and the Lancelots all resided in Paris at some time. I think the F after a last name stands for FECIT (made it), so it is not an initial.

It looks like Socat may be a reading error?

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Guillaume Hermann

Hi,
Here is this medal, and some others https://www.parismuseescollections.paris.fr/fr/recherche?keywords=m%C3%A9daille%20Sand
Emile ROGAT, 1799-1852. According to his other creations on the same website, Rogat (I never heard about him) applied to the project for a new coin in 1848 and was probably politically engaged on the left side (the left wing? How to say?).

Guillaume Hermann


Figleaf

Great research. Rogat it is and he is in Forrer. More on his work here. By the choice of his subjects, I'd argue he was republican rather than royalist and a specialist of portraits.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

chrisild

Quote from: Figleaf on November 03, 2022, 11:59:22 AMBy the choice of his subjects, I'd argue he was republican rather than royalist and a specialist of portraits.

Did not know him either, but according to that Wikipedia article, Rogat was sentenced because he produced medals glorifying the 13 June 1849. ;) He appealed and won his case, later he was arrested again, and then released also because ... back to the first post ... George Sand supported his cause.