This beautiful. French bronze medal dates to circa 1900. The front was designed by the celebrated French medallist, Alphonse Rivet. The theme is agriculture – a ram and cattle in a field.
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 9/16” (4.1cms) across and weighs 32.3 grams.
On the front is a superb , raised image of animals grazing in a pasture. The ram in the foreground is particularly magnificent. The detailing is very fine right down to the farmer in the distance. At the base 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 is blank, garlanded with oak and laurel leaves. The French inscription indicates that it was commissioned by the Agricultural Society of the Loir and Cher region of France.
The edge is marked ‘bronze’ with a hallmark.
This charming medal , would make a great collectable for an animal lover as the animals are exquisitely sculpted. It is in fine antique condition and will arrive in a gift box.
French Circa 1900 Bronze Farm Animals Medal - RIVET