French Historical Medals in Silver, from the Collection formed by James Spencer

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Date of Auction: 7th December 2015

Sold for £150

Estimate: £150 - £200

École Principale de Dessin, Paris, 1879, silver award medals by J. Lagrange (5), named (XXe Arrond., Classe d’Adultes, M. Digeon…à…L. Durand, 1882; IIe Arrond., Classe d’Adultes, Mr Schaiblé…à…L. Leylavergne, 1894; XVIIe Arrond., École Communale, M. Némoz…à…R. Debarre, 1895; 2ème Année, 2ème Prix d’Honneur, Augustin Lenglen, 1904; 4me Année, 1er Prix, Atelier de Dessin pour Étoffes, G. Thiébaut, 1912), 51, 41, 36, 36 and 41mm respectively (CGMP p.216); Caisse des Écoles du XIe Arrondissement, Paris, silver award medals (2), unsigned, named (Juliette Planson, École rue Keller, Cours Commercial, Adultes, 1899), and by L.-O. Roty, named (Eugène Béthenon, 1908), both 33mm; Enseignement Primaire du Dessin, Paris, 1895, silver award medals by L.A. Bottée (3), named (Me Le Chevallier, 1895; L. Bazor, 1909; R. Guinet, 1910), 50, 36 and 41mm (Coll. R. Marx 385; BDM I, 231; ANS Exh. Cat. 1910, p.17, 13; BM Acq. 1978-82, p.38, 22; cf. DNW 50, 1293) [10]. Very fine and better, some toned; the Bazor medal of particular note £150-200


Ninth only illustrated. Lucien Bazor (1889-1974) was taught drawing by his father and became a student under Henri Patey at the École des Beaux-Arts. Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1923, he succeeded Patey as the chief engraver at the Monnaie in 1930 and served in that role until 1958