Obv/ PARIS-LYON-MEDITERRANEE. A winged Cherub is uniting the Personified Cities. A Great Allegory ! In the exergue : " Ferro Conjungit". Rev/ The railway station "Gare de Lyon" in Paris. Assemblee Generale des Actionnaires (Meeting of the shareholders)
2 3/8 x 1 3/4. weighs about 2 oz
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This beautiful solid silver plaquette was engraved by Louis-Oscar Roty (1846-1911) . He studied painting as well as sculpture and was pupil to Lecoq de Boisboudran, Dumont and Ponscarme. In 1872 Roty competed for the Prix de Rome for which he received a second prize award, from 1873 he exhibited at the Salon. Roty received the Grand Prix de Rome in 1875 and spent three years in Italy before returning to Paris. In 1888 he was appointed professor and in 1897 President of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1889 he was awarded a Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle in Paris and was created Officer of the Legion of Honor the same year. In 1905 he received a medal of honour at the Salon. He became a Commander of the Legion of Honor which crowned a very successful career. His works are to be found in all European museums, a great number of his medals and plaquettes can be viewed in the Kunsthalle Hamburg.