This beautiful. French silver medal dates to 1906. The f-ront was designed by the celebrated French medallist, Alphonse Rivet. It was awarded as a prize for choral music.
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 medal measures 1 and 7/16” (3.6cms) across and weighs 21.9grams. It is 2mms thick.
On the front is a superb , raised image of a pair of ladies in flowing garments. One is playing the piano and the other singing from a sheet. Leaning against the piano is an cello and an early wind instrument . They are entwined with laurel leaves. At the lower left is the signature ‘A Rivet’.
It is clear from the reverse that this medal was intended as a presentation piece. The frame in the centre bears the name of Madame Poulain. It is exquisitely garlanded with various musical instruments and laurel leaves.. The French inscription indicates that it was commissioned by the Ladies Choral Society of Saint-Quentin in 1906.
The edge is marked ‘argent’ with a hallmark. It tests as 800-900 silver quality.
This charming medal , would make a great collectable for a music lover. It is in fine antique condition and will arrive in a gift box.
French 1906 Silver Music Medal - A RIVET