Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques

Notre Dame de France Medal

Regular price €295

A rare antique French religious medal dating to the 1930's. It has been cast from silvered bronze. The large pendant depicts Notre Dame de France (Our Lady of France). She is holding Jesus Christ child and a sceptre topped with a fleur de lis. At the bottom, the Art Deco design depicts a rooster, animal emblem of France. It has been created by the French sculptor, medalist and painter, Georges Guiraud (1901-1989) on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of King Louis XIII vow. This vow istituted everywhere in France Marian processions. The first happened in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris the 15th August 1638.

The backside of the medal decpits three cathedrals:
- Cathedral of Reims and the date 496 (Clovis baptism)
- the Cathedral of Paris and the date 1638
- the basilica of Lourdes and the date 1858 (Virgin Mary's apparition to Saint Bernadette).

The artist Georges Guiraud is coming from an old Lauragais family (Le Cabanial). He is the son of Albert Guiraud, an illuminator painter. He was a student at the art school of Paris in 1921 and was appointed a naval painter in 1942.
Georges Guiraud lived and worked for many years in the former city of artists at 77, avenue Denfert-Rochereau in Paris, until its destruction. This city had welcomed Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, Jules Dalou, Antoine-Louis Barye, Eugène Delacroix and, more recently, Paul Belmondo.

CONDITION: good antique condition with some normal signs of ages like wears the silver.

Hight: 2 1/2" (6.5cm)
Width: 1 3/4" (4.6cm)
Weight: 50g

This gorgeous medal will be delivered in a mahogany wood gift box.
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques
Notre Dame de France Medal - Charmantiques