LAST CHANCE: Dear Customers, you will find several items listed in my shop as "Last Chance." I'm taking a leap into artistic endeavors, painting, collage and 3-D assemblage. So I'm going to be removing some items to be used in my art projects after Labor Day. If you find something, like this item, listed as LAST CHANCE, grab it now:)
Like a crow who collects shiny things, I was drawn to this heavy, thick 2-inch metal without actually knowing what it was:) But the dates impressed me: Paris 1867 and Vienne 1873. What a delight to learn that Amédée Thibout boasted many awards in his career as a piano maker, which began in 1840, serving mostly royalty! My online research discovered a site based in Belgium with a picture of this medal in someone's private collection and they dated it circa 1880. Interestingly, that collector's medal likewise had two holes drilled in each side! I'm confused as to what metal this metal is made from. It is the color of copper but there is no hint of green patina. It is 2/16 of an inch thick and weighs 1.7 ounces. I hope this doesn't sound sacrilege but since the holes are already in place, I can't help but imagine this medal being turned into a one-of-a-kind necklace as a gift of gratitude to someone's extra special piano teacher!
The Antique Piano Shop says this about Thibout: Amedee Thibout established his firm in 1840 in France after apprenticing with the famed French piano maker Jean-Henri Pape. Pianos by Thibout won several prestigious awards in the Paris and Vienna Exhibitions. His instruments were known to be quite elaborate and catered to the royal courts and monarchy of Europe. After his death in 1877, Thibout’s widow Mme. Veuve Thibout continued operations, continuing to build the companies success and prestige. Widow Thibout subsequently brought her son Hugues-Amadee Thibout into the firm as a partner, operating thereafter as Am. Thibout et Cie. Instruments by Thibout are rarely found in the United States, indicating they were rarely imported into America. Most instruments by Thibout found in the state were imported here during the 20th Century by private owners.
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