This beautiful medal of the Virgin Mary is French and bears the signature of the medallist, Lasserre, (1870-1943). He worked as an engraver around the turn of the century and at least until 1915. The other signature is that of Augis. Augis is a jeweller established in 1830 and still in existence. I am dating this medal to circa 1920 as the design could have been used posthumously.
This medal is made of 800-900 fineness of silver and bears the crab hallmark on the top ring. There is a bail attached for a chain. It is quite large and measures 1 and 1/16” (2.7cms) and weighs 9.2 grams so is very substantial .
On the front is a beautiful and finely detailed image of the Virgin Mary. Here head is sculpted in profile. She is serene and beautiful. Around the edge are the words ‘Ave Maria’ and the signatures as described above.
On the back is a sculpted image of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in the grotto at Lourdes to Bernadette. It appears as if the delicately detailed scene is hewn from the grotto itself. On the side is inscribed ‘N D Lourdes’ – Our Lady of Lourdes.
This fine medal is a wonderful testimony to the skill of the engraver and both sides are very meaningful. It is in lovely condition with just the light patina of age. It comes to you tissue wrapped in a gift box.
French Art Deco Silver Mary Lourdes Medal - LASSERRE
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