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Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi: Statue of Liberty

Franco-American Union Medal
Union Franco Americaine

French
1886
Artist Oscar Roty (French, 1846–1911)


Mint: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Baxter 30; Gabriel GO-3.

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

27.291

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), French sculptor of the Statue of Liberty. Stamped on edge “BRONZE”.

Obverse: A boat with winged Genius at proper right manning rudder and two women (Columbia and Marianne) at proper left with Statue of Liberty in background; inscribed at edge “VNION·FRANCO·AMERICAINE/STATVE·COLOSSALE·DE·LA·LIBERTE·ECLAIRANT·LE MONDE/28 OCTOBRE/M.D.CCCLXXXVI”.

Reverse: Set into circle plaque, bust of Bartholdi looking to proper right and inscribed at its edge; inscribed at edge of inset circle “AVGVSTE BARTHOLDI STATVAIRE”, at edge “SOUVENIR·DE·L’INDEPENDENCE·AMERICAINE”, at center “MONVMENT/ERIGÉ·PAR·LA·FRANCE/ET·L’AMERIQUE·EN·SOUVENIR/DE·LEUR·ANCIENNE·AMINÉ/1776 1876”, at proper right “O.ROTY”, and below “HAVTEUR·DE LA·STATVE·46”’8”” and “HAVTEVR·DV/PIÉ PESTAL·35”’”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "VNION·FRANCO·AMERICAINE/STATVE·COLOSSALE·DE·LA·LIBERTE·ECLAIRANT·LE MONDE/28 OCTOBRE/M.D.CCCLXXXVI".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge of inset circle "AVGVSTE BARTHOLDI STATVAIRE", at edge "SOUVENIR·DE·L'INDEPENDENCE·AMERICAINE", at center "MONVMENT/ERIGÉ·PAR·LA·FRANCE/ET·L'AMERIQUE·EN·SOUVENIR/DE·LEUR·ANCIENNE·AMINÉ/1776 1876", at proper right "O.ROTY", and below "HAVTEUR·DE LA·STATVE·46'''8''" and "HAVTEVR·DV/PIÉ PESTAL·35'''".

Markings

Stamped on edge "BRONZE".

Provenance

Before 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