Sports Preparedness

French (Paris)
1902
Artist Marie-Alexandre-Lucien Coudray (French, 1865–1932)


Mint: Paris, France

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2005.1176

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze, with brown patina

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal. Stamped “BRONZE” on edge.

Obverse: Personification of Victory standing at proper right, in a breast plate, lion-headed helmet, gown, and holding branch in her right and showing way to success to a young athlete, standing at center, with spoils at feet and landscape in background; inscribed underneath Victory’s foot “L” overlapping the “C” of the incised “COUDRAY”.

Reverse: Sports equipment including drums, rackets, rifles, a bicycle, anchor, etc. piled together with standing targets and rising sun in background; an un-inscribed cartouche below and a perched dove below.

Inscription

Obverse: Underneath victory's foot, inscribed "L" overlapping the "C" of the incised "COUDRAY".

Markings

Stamped "BRONZE" on edge.

Provenance

1990, Collectors' Auctions, Ltd., Danbury, CT; September 8, 1990 Collectors' Auctions sale, lot 2729, 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