This beautiful, Art Nouveau French medallion pendant dates to circa 1900. It is made of gold washed bronze. And the theme is Marianne, the symbol of France. The front was designed by the celebrated French medallist, Alphonse Rivet.
Adolphe Rivet , was a French sculptor, medallist and writer who was born in Périgueux in 1855 and probably died in 1908. He was a pupil of the sculptors Jules Cavelier (1814-94) and Hubert Ponscarme (1827-1903).
The pendant measures 1 and 7/8” (4.9cms) long, including the bail, by 1 and 1/8” (2.8cms).
On the front is a superb , raised image of Marianne in a roundel. She wears a helmet garlanded with oak leaves. On her head is a lion, emphasising her warlike attributes. Around the edge is inscribed ‘PATRIE’ for Country or Fatherland. Below this is the signature ‘A Rivet’.
The medallion is held within an organic surround, ornamented with mistletoe, a favourite Art Nouveau motif.
At the top is a ring and a decorative bail. The reverse is plain and nicely finished.
This charming pendant is in fine antique condition and will arrive in a gift box.