This most attractive watch chain and fob medallion are French from circa 1900, Both are marked for 800-900 silver quality.
Firstly the very solid chain and clip measure 4½” (11cms), Together with the medallion it weighs a substantial 26.8 grams.
The dog nose clip carries the boar’s head French hallmark for 800-900 silver quality.
The most attractive medallion was designed by the celebrated French medallist . Louis Alexandre Bottée ( 1852 – 1941). It bears the word ‘argent’ for silver on its side.
The medallion measures 1” (2.5cms) across.
There is a raised image of the helmeted Marianne, emblem of France, and symbol of Liberty and Reason. There is a great deal of interesting detail. Firstly Marianne herself is shown with a very strong profile, A ribbon tied sprig of laurel is threaded through her helmet. The helmet itself appears to have wings or do they belong to the symbolic French rooster which perches between them? Her long hair swirls around in Art Nouveau style. On her collar sits a tiny cherub with a flaming torch. On the right of the image the sun shines its rays and the word ‘France’ is inscribed there.
Right at the base is the faint signature “Louis Bottée”.
On the reverse is a lovely design of musical instruments and laurels. Above it is a roundel, blank for an engraving with flames from the top.
This fascinating piece is in great condition and will arrive carefully presented in a gift box.
French Art Nouveau Silver Watch Chain Marianne Medallion