This beautiful vintage medal is by master Argentine engraver Constante Rossi, and features wonderful details with a somewhat regal 9 karat gold-plated finish.
While most early 20th century Argentine placards and medals followed a strict European model, Rossi's are often informed by a distinctly Art Nouveau aesthetic.
Medal-making is widely regarded as highly important form of artistic expression in Argentina.
The front of this medal depicts an extraordinary scene which includes a divine Art Nouveau angelic figure with languid, outspread wings.
The image is based on a work by famed Argentine sculptor, Luis Perlotti, whose signature can be seen at the base of the scene.
You can see a boat sailing on wavy seas behind the angel.
The scene is rendered in exquisite detail; a rich time-enhanced patina gives the carving a sensational sense of depth and dimension.
The obverse side of the medal features a large blank cartouche which is surmounted the emblem of the Argentine Marines which includes grasping hands amid a border of oak laurel.
An inscription in Spanish can be seen along the top of edge of the obverse-side of the medal; it reads "Premio Ministro De Marina".
This translates as the Minister of the Marine's Prize.
A bale with a small loop at the top of the medal will give the buyer a number of options for wearing and displaying the piece.
As you can see, the medal shows a fair amount of darkening as well as some light surface scratches.
However, it remains in good vintage condition overall.
This will make a truly unique addition to your collection.
Measurements: Medal is 1 3/16" in diameter and 1 9/16" tall (with loop) Weight: 11.7 grams (0.41 oz)
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