Octagonal medal

probably French
19th century
Artist Raymond Gayrard (French, 1777–1858)


Mint: France

Dimensions

Diameter: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2005.1174

Medium or Technique

Metal; probably silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Octagonal shaped medal. Stamped into edge “D’ARGENT”.

Obverse: Two-faced bust, each looking in opposite direction, probably female; inscribed at edge “HEUR ET MALHEUR” and “GAYRARD. F.”.

Reverse: Man working on a branch, a tool at his feet; inscription at edge “L’ART DIRIGE LA NATURE”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "HEUR ET MALHEUR" and "GAYRARD. F.".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "L'ART DIRIGE LA NATURE".

Markings

Stamped into edge "D'ARGENT".

Provenance

Antique market, The Netherlands; acquired in the Netherlands by John Hermann and Annewies van den Hoek; gift of Annewies van den Hoek to Cornelius C. Vermeule, III; 2005, gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006)

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III