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Auction 103  29 Feb 2024
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Lot 284

Starting price: 1090 GBP
Price realized: 1300 GBP
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FRANCE . Third Republic, 1870-1940.
A 22ct gold 1878 Great Paris Exposition medal.
The obverse depicts Marianne who has been the national personification of the French Republic since the French Revolution as a personification of liberty, equality, fraternity and reason, as well as a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty.
This beautiful sculpted medal by Barre was actually won and awarded to a British Farmer Charles Elmhirst Duckering for his top quality farm animals he had bred and exhibited at the fair.
Housed in a fitted red box, embossed initials to top with green velvet interior.

Albert Désiré Barre (Paris 6 May 1818 – 29 December 1878) was a French engraver, medalist and the 18th Chief Engraver of the Paris Mint from 27 February 1855 to his death. He was the son of Jacques-Jean Barre who preceded him as the Chief Engraver. His brother Jean-August Barre, a French sculptor and medalist, succeeded him as Chief Engraver after his death in Paris.
This medal was one of his last commissions made for the great Paris Exposition of 1878 where science and the arts were showcased and competed against by over 28 countries based at Trocadero Park and commenced on 1st May 1878.

Diameter: 33.4 mm.
Thickness: 1.5 mm.
Weight: 24.62 g.
Composition: 916.0/1000 Gold .

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