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École Polytechnique: Centenary Anniversary

French
1894
Artist Louis-Maximilien Bourgeois (French, 1839–1901)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 69 mm (2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.242

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal for the École Polytechnique, commemorating the centennial anniversary of its foundation.

Obverse: Semi-nude woman sits with schools and books on her lap and rests her right arm on an orb while supporting an inscribed tablet with her left hand; armor, a cannon, and an oven are at her feet and a tower, aqueduct, and a blimp are behind; a hen sits on her nest full of eggs in exergue; inscribed above “x ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE x” and below “MAX BOURGEOIS”.

Reverse: A cloaked man wears a hat stands at proper left; signed at below and inscribed above “x LAMBLARDIE x MONGE x CARNOT x PRIEUR x”, at center “·1794-1894·/—/FONDATION DE L’ECOLE/DECRET DU XXI VENTOSE ANII/—/CENTENAIRE/XI MARS MDCCCLXXXXIV/CARNOT/-(PROM..DE 1857·)-/ETANT/PRESIDENT/DE LA REPUBLIQUE FRANCAIS”, and below “M” elised with “B”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed above "x ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE x" and below "MAX BOURGEOIS".

Reverse: Inscribed above "x LAMBLARDIE x MONGE x CARNOT x PRIEUR x", at center "·1794-1894·/---/FONDATION DE L'ECOLE/DECRET DU XXI VENTOSE ANII/---/CENTENAIRE/XI MARS MDCCCLXXXXIV/CARNOT/-(PROM..DE 1857·)-/ETANT/PRESIDENT/DE LA REPUBLIQUE FRANCAIS", and below "M" elised with "B".

Provenance

By 1927, The Mary Hooper Packard Collection; 1927, gift of Horace Packard to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 5, 1927)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Packard